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Vladimir Putin with Gerhard Schroeder in 2005, archive photo

President Vladimir Putin did not meet with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder during the latter's visit to Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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On July 26, it became known that Schroeder had arrived in the Russian capital for a few days on vacation. «Moscow— beautiful city»,— he added. Peskov then said that there were no plans to meet the politician with Putin, but the Russian side did not rule out contacts. The presidential press secretary noted that now Putin communicates less actively with Schroeder than when he was chancellor.

Schröder headed the German government from 1998 to 2005. In Germany, he was criticized more than once for his ties with Russia, and on May 19 some of the privileges were withdrawn from the ex-chancellor, suspending the work of his office. After that, he left the board of directors of Rosneft. and turned down an offer to join the board of directors of Gazprom.

Prior to this, the former head of the German government, according to Politico, visited Moscow in March “as part of mediation efforts”; to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. The publication then wrote that Schroeder planned to meet with Putin, but the meeting was held is unknown. The Kremlin did not answer this question, and the German government said that they did not know about the plans of the former chancellor. In turn, Bild wrote that Schroeder met in Moscow with businessman Roman Abramovich and presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky.

July 10, Schroeder said that he would not cut off channels of communication with Putin.

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Vladimir Putin

Politician, President of Russia

October 7, 1952

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