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Mar 20, 2014

Insight – Germany’s Russian rethink: How Merkel lost faith in Putin

BERLIN (Reuters) – On a Sunday in early March, a day after Vladimir Putin won parliamentary backing for an invasion of Ukraine, Angela Merkel called him to demand an explanation. The German leader was shaken by what she heard, sources within her party say.

For weeks, in a series of phone calls, the Russian president, speaking mainly in the German he perfected as a KGB agent in East Germany, had assured the chancellor he would respect the territorial integrity of his western neighbour and had no plans to intervene militarily.

Mar 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014

Germany’s Russian rethink: How Merkel lost faith in Putin

BERLIN, March 20 (Reuters) – On a Sunday in early March, a
day after Vladimir Putin won parliamentary backing for an
invasion of Ukraine, Angela Merkel called him to demand an
explanation. The German leader was shaken by what she heard,
sources within her party say.

For weeks, in a series of phone calls, the Russian
president, speaking mainly in the German he perfected as a KGB
agent in East Germany, had assured the chancellor he would
respect the territorial integrity of his western neighbour and
had no plans to intervene militarily.

Mar 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014

China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions ‘spiral’

BERLIN (Reuters) – China’s top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control.

In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date.

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      "I run the Reuters news operations for Germany, Austria and Switzerland based in Berlin, and write regularly about German politics and European economic issues. I've reported from over 20 countries for Reuters since joining in the mid-1990s, including stints in Paris, London and New York."
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