Merkel meets Putin to discuss human rights, Ukraine, Syria and Iran

By Updated at 2018-08-18 19:05:40 +0000


BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting on Saturday.

Standing beside Putin outside Meseberg castle, Merkel said she would also raise human rights issues and bilateral relations.

“I am of the opinion that controversial issues can only be addressed in dialogue and through dialogue,” she said. The two leaders took no questions.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by Andrew Roche