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Merkel to Meet Putin for Talks on Syria, Ukraine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

Merkel and Putin

Merkel's trip to the Black Sea resort of Sochi will be her first visit to Russia in a year and comes amid tense relations between the two countries.

Earlier, Germany condemned Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its military support for the Syrian government.

But as she starts her fourth term, Merkel is reaching out to Putin in an effort to make some progress on these long-running crises.

A planned pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany, and Europe's response to the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal are also on the agenda.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team