MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to step down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is Germany’s domestic affair that the Kremlin cannot interfere in, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"All this is Germany’s domestic affairs and contrary to what some of our Western counterparts say, Russia has never interfered in the domestic affairs of other countries," he said. Peskov stressed that it was the reason why Moscow "does not tolerate foreign interference in its own internal affairs."
The Russian presidential spokesman stressed that Moscow and Berlin continue to maintain "friendly relations and partnership though some well-known issues are still there." "There are many mutual interests and Angela Merkel definitely remains President Putin’s vis-a-vis as she continues her activities," Peskov said.
Merkel announced on Monday that she would serve as German Chancellor until 2021, when her term in office expires, but would not stand in the next parliamentary election, stepping down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany.
Merkel took the party’s helm in 2000 and became German chancellor in 2005.