The Western media views Angela Merkel’s visit to Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism as a sign of reconciliation between the two countries.
N-tv.de noted, for instance, that Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel are, despite all political differences, closely related in some way and that the German chancellor does not want to break off contacts with her Russian counterpart.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Merkel’s visit to Moscow broke a sort of "taboo" widely spread among Western leaders who have avoided travelling to Russia since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis.
The German newspaper Tagesschau viewed Merkel's trip to Moscow is a "gesture of reconciliation."
"This is a short, but very important visit of the Chancellor to Moscow,” which also serves as an important signal, the newspaper write, emphasizing that this trip, as well as Russia's reaction to it proves that Merkel is still "one of the key interlocutors" of Russia in the West.