According to Putin, the US operation in Afghanistan cannot be called successful. It is pointless to impose on Afghanistan a form of government and public life unfamiliar in that country.
“It is necessary to stop the irresponsible policy of imposing someone else’s values, the desire to build democracies in other countries according to the patterns of others, without taking into account the historical, national or religious characteristics of the place and completely disregarding the traditions of others,” Putin said, according to TASS.
The chancellor is convinced of the necessity of negotiating with the Taliban. Russia demanded attention to humanitarian issues in negotiations with the Taliban. Putin said the two countries should join forces and establish good neighborly relations with Afghanistan.
Negotiations between the two statesmen also affected the situation in Ukraine. According to the consultant, the process of regulation in Ukraine is stagnating. Merkel also touched on the thorny issue of the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexander Navalny and called for his release.
Putin responded to her association by saying that Navalny was convicted of “crimes involving foreign partners”, and not for political reasons.
“When it comes to political activities, no one should hide behind political activities. No one should hide their guilt with political activities,” Putin said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said that despite the differing views, Germany wants to maintain dialogue with Russia.
“Despite the fact that we have different opinions, it is good that we are talking. We intend to continue contacts and have a dialogue together,” said Merkel.
The Kremlin chief noted that Germany remains one of Russia’s main trade and economic partners in Europe and the world.
Merkel indicated that her current visit to Moscow was her last as German Prime Minister. He will not run for office after the September parliamentary elections.
Putin said that Merkel’s visit to Russia will not only be a farewell, but will also be full of trade talks.
“I would like to note that Germany remains one of our main partners for us, both in Europe and in the world. A special thank you for your efforts over the past 16 years in your capacity as Federal Chancellor,” Putin said as he handed the bouquet to the chancellor.
“Germany is Russia’s second most important trading and economic partner after China. Despite the fact that we experienced a relatively severe recession in 2020, trade almost doubled in the first six months of this year.
During the meeting, the chancellor’s phone rang, and Merkel took it out of her pocket and switched to silent mode.
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Presidential Adviser Yuri Ushakov, and from the German side, Stephen Seibert, and the head of the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Group of Chancellor Ota-Christina Benhof.
Putin and Merkel last met on January 19, 2020 in Berlin for an international conference on Libya. Leaders made several phone calls during the coronavirus pandemic, most recently on July 21.
Merkel’s current visit to Russia is the nineteenth and possibly the last in this position, as she will not run for the post of chancellor.
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