Angela Merkel says she felt her government was failing to make progress with Russia, including relating to Georgia

25.11.22 14:20

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her policy towards Russia prior to the February invasion of Ukraine, saying she had run out of power to influence Vladimir Putin.


Mrs Merkel said she did not regret leaving office in December, because she felt her government was failing to make progress not only on the Ukraine crisis, but also on the conflicts in Moldova, Georgia and Abkhazia, Syria and Libya, all of which involved Russia.


In the Spiegel interview, Mrs Merkel said she had tried to convene European talks with the Russian president and French President Emmanuel Macron in the summer of 2021.


"But I didn't have the power to get my way," she told Spiegel news.


"Really everyone knew: in autumn she'll be gone," she said.


After four terms as chancellor Mrs Merkel left office in December. She paid a final visit to Moscow in August 2021, and told the German news magazine that "the feeling was very clear: 'In terms of power politics you're finished'." She added that "for Putin, only power counts".




source: IPN 

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