Angela Merkel acknowledges that she did not have enough power to influence Putin

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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Berlin on January 19, 2020.

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President Putin was conversing with his then counterpart Merkel in German, since he had been a KGB official in the former East Germany.

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her Moscow policy before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, saying she no longer had enough power to influence President Vladimir Putin.

The former president explained that she tried to convene European talks between the Russian president and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, in the summer of 2021.

“But I didn’t have the power to achieve my purpose,” he told the German magazine spiegel.

Merkel added that “everyone knew” that she was on her way out.

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