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    German Vice Chancellor Gabriel Could Meet With Putin Next Week in Moscow

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    German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel could pay a visit to Moscow next week and have a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Rheinische Post newspaper reported Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Gabriel, who is also German minister for economic affairs and energy, wants to arrive in Moscow to meet Putin, the newspaper said, citing government sources.

    The newspaper added that the federal chancellery had already been informed about the visit that would be the first since October.

    Moscow and Berlin have seen a deterioration of relations over Ukraine’s internal conflict, which escalated in 2014.

    Since 2014, the European Union has introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions, accusing Moscow of interfering in the Ukrainian crisis — a claim Moscow has repeatedly denied.


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