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Russian-German cross-years to climax bilateral relations – Merkel

June 01, 2012, 20:22 UTC+3

Russian-German cross-years due in 2012-2013 have special significance for both countries

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BERLIN, June 1 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian-German cross-years due in 2012-2013 have special significance for both countries, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel said after Friday negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The Russian-German cross-years will be a climax of bilateral relations,” she said, adding that Russia and Germany were linked with 1,000 years of history and art. Putin said in turn the Russian-German cross-years supervised by the chiefs of state were a significant event in the bilateral. He said he would invite German President Joachim Gauck to attend the opening of the Year of Germany in Russia. “A gala concert in Berlin in summer 2013 will end the cross-years. There will be hundreds of events in our countries,” Putin said.

Russia’s presidency in the G20 in 2013 will present a perfect floor for cooperation, the chancellor said. “We will interact on the international scene this way,” she added.

Merkel also said they had discussed energy cooperation. “We think that Nord Stream has turned from a German-Russian project into a Russian-European project.”

Another item on the agenda was the eurozone situation. “Germany is working hard to preserve the euro as a stable currency and to overcome the debts and competitiveness crisis as soon as possible,” she said.

As for Syria, Merkel stressed that both Berlin and Moscow put an emphasis on the political settlement of the conflict.

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