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Merkel meets Putin in Moscow. Nord Stream 2, Libya & Ukraine on agenda (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 434.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the meeting in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where a variety of topics were discussed including Nord Stream 2, Ukraine, Libya and the Iran JCPOA.


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Via Bloomberg…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel found common ground over peace efforts in Libya and on upholding a nuclear pact with Iran that the U.S. ditched.

After more than three hours of talks with Putin in Moscow on Saturday, Merkel said they share the goal of holding United Nations talks on Libya in Berlin.

“We have agreed that we will soon be able to issue invitations to a conference in Berlin,” Merkel told reporters. Putin said he supports Merkel’s initiative. German officials have cited Jan. 19 as a tentative date for the meeting.

While their strategic interests differ, both leaders say they want to curb Libya’s factional fighting and bring the Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline to completion in defiance of U.S. sanctions. That contrasts with the estrangement between Merkel and Putin over Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its backing of pro-Moscow separatist fighters in Ukraine.

Putin, who previously met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he expects a planned cease-fire in Libya to take effect on Sunday. Russia and Turkey are backing opposing sides in Libya, though Putin denied on Saturday that Russia was militarily involved in Libya.

If there are Russian mercenaries in Libya, they don’t represent “Russian state interests,” he said.

“I am counting very much that in a few hours the conflicting sides in Libya will stop military actions, as we urged with President Erdogan,” Putin said.

Read more: Putin’s Syria Trip Shows He’s Unfazed by Iran Tension

On the escalation of U.S.-Iranian tensions, Putin said a war in the wider Middle East would be a global “catastrophe.”

He and Merkel expressed continued support for the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, which U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned unilaterally in May 2018.

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Trumpomania
Trumpomania
January 16, 2020

Next on the agenda: 25% tariffs on German auto exports if Merkel doesn’t blow up Nordstream II.

Brokenspine66
Brokenspine66
Reply to  Trumpomania
January 16, 2020

Empty BS Mafia-Thug Style posturing from the orange baboon for domestic political consumption. Only 3-4% German Cars are actually imported from Germany to the US, mostly High-End Luxury ones and the potential sociopathic buyers of this stuff probably doesn’t care much. Most Cars from German manufactures sold in the US are ‘Made in USA’ – NS2 will completed + operational – No Matter What – despite all the sabotage, blackmail and economic/financial terrorism.

Shootout at the OK Corral
Shootout at the OK Corral
Reply to  Brokenspine66
January 16, 2020

Iran is now enriching MORE uranium than before the 2015 nuclear deal – President Rouhani

Looks to me like Iran is calling Trump out. Can his ego survive?

AM Hants
AM Hants
Reply to  Shootout at the OK Corral
January 17, 2020

Together with President Assad and President Putin joking about him. Did wonder how the old ego would handle things, before he gets to Davos and catches up with old friends. No doubt, they are more than happy with him, taking out the General and putting there interests back in the game. VIRAL: Putin, Assad Joke at Site of St. Paul’s Conversion: Trump Might ‘Become a Good Person’ if He Would Visit It Leaving aside whether Trump is a ‘good person’ or not, he has certainly been a failure at stopping bad people, especially Israel, from doing evil in the Middle… Read more »

Darryl Secret
Darryl Secret
Reply to  Trumpomania
January 17, 2020

So no overpriced luxury coffins will be exported to the U$A. That includes all proprietary spare parts that keep those SUCKERS parading around.

Platon
Platon
January 16, 2020

Murk-el is the Trump of Germany.
Boris Johnson is the Trump of the UK.
They are as alike as two peas in a pod.
Unstable, bought, narcissistic psychopaths.
All three are jews or crypto-jews.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Platon
January 17, 2020

Trump is instability personified and Johnson comes in second (so far). Both are lying, egocentric, narcissistic sociopaths. Merkel has made some mistakes for sure, as all political leaders and politicians do, but neither Trump nor Johnson are in her league at all. I think she is rather like Putin in that she’ll say nothing rather than lie. https://www.dpa-international.com/topic/merkel-advice-harvard-grads-don-t-mix-truth-lies-190530-99-449288 Merkel has also done several good things for Germany. Indeed, Germans must have thought so too because they elected her three times. I thank her most for having stood up to the US, Poland, and other miscreants over Nord Stream 2 where… Read more »

AM Hants
AM Hants
Reply to  Platon
January 17, 2020

Why does the Lost Tribe, so come to mind, with regards the above trio?

William H warrick III MD
William H warrick III MD
January 17, 2020

Poor Maude Merkel, washed out, washed up and Vladimir Putin is smiling.

AM Hants
AM Hants
January 17, 2020

Going back to 2014, does anybody remember Merkel and Obama, out in the Rose Garden of the White House, on 2 May 2014? When the Odessa Trade Union Massacre was in full swing, and they were blaming everything on Russia? Remember the sanctions? Remember, how Merkel rushed to the Kremlin, the only place, where the NSA could not eavesdrop and begged President Putin for help. How many NATO members were stuck in the cauldrons in Eastern Ukraine, with no way out? It led to the Minsk II Agreements. Why does Obama have dogs, that are allergy friendly and why did… Read more »

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  AM Hants
January 25, 2020

Now we have to learn from President Putin how to purge Our West from “The West”, but for that we first need to have many Yeltsins smart enough to appoint many Putins.

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