21:51 GMT31 October 2020
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    The German Chancellor on Saturday paid a one-day visit to Moscow for the first time since 2015 to meet the Russian president and discuss a wide range of hot-button issues, including tensions in the Middle East and cooperation on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

    The video of Angela Merkel speaking Russian in the Kremlin after talks with Vladimir Putin was posted on Twitter on Sunday. The footage, uploaded by Kremlin pool reporter, Dmitry Smirnov, shows the chancellor thanking and saying goodbye to Russian officials before leaving the building and getting into her car.

    ​Angela Merkel is in the Russian capital to discuss the escalating tensions between Iran and the US following the killing of Quds forces commander Qasem Soleimani on 3 January, the situation in Libya as well as issues relating to the construction of Nord Stream 2.

    Following the talks, German media noted Merkel’s friendly attitude towards Putin as she brought up the prospect of closer cooperation between Moscow, Berlin and Brussels.

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