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Merkel has spoken about disagreements with Putin since 2001

The long-term leader of Germany realized the degree of disagreement with the President of the Russian Federation before she was Chancellor.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that she realized the disagreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his speech in the Bundestag in 2001, reports with reference to.

“It was always clear to me, even when he spoke in the Bundestag in 2001, that there are significant differences. For the Russian president, the collapse of the Soviet Union is a sad event, but we, on the contrary, feel joy at the end of the Cold War, German and European unity, ”said Merkel.

She noted that upon assuming the office of chancellor, “I could not have imagined that he (Putin) would annex Crimea and that in the east of Ukraine – practically next to the European Union – it would come to such military clashes.”

In addition, Merkel drew attention to the decline in Germany's role in the world. In particular, she noted the progress of the Chinese economy, which in less than two decades has overtaken the German economy at times.

“In this regard, we should strategically intelligently build our relations. Today we must fight to continue to maintain our importance, ”added Merkel.

As you know, Merkel is leaving the post of German Chancellor. Her successor is due to be elected in December.

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