BERLIN, April 29 (Reuters) – The German government and media
distanced themselves from ex Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on
Tuesday after pictures depicting him in an embrace with Russian
President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Monday evening
Schroeder’s office had no comment on the pictures, which
according to the media reports were taken outside the Yusupov
Palace where Schroeder was attending a belated celebration in
honour of his 70th birthday on April 7.