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    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

    German Defense Minister Says Sees No Clear Strategy on Russia From US President

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump does not appear to have a clear strategy regarding Russia, judging by his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki earlier this month, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said.

    "A clear strategy of a US president regarding Russia is not discernible after the meeting [in Helsinki]… The issue with Helsinki is that nobody knows what was discussed there and even what agreements were reached," von der Leyen told Der Spiegel news magazine in an interview published Friday.

    The German defense minister added that NATO's stance regarding Russia remained unchanged.

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    "We would like to improve our relationship with Moscow, but it depends on the Kremlin," von der Leyen told the newspaper.

    Trump and Putin met in the Finnish capital on July 16. The two presidents held a one-on-one discussion which lasted over two hours, followed by a meeting with several more officials.

    Trump and Putin later held a joint press conference during which the two presidents expressed interest in improving bilateral relations, albeit without providing any details with regard to policy or strategy.


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