As the US and Iran teetered on the brink of war, the leaders of Germany and Russia made a plan to meet in Moscow. But a shifting balance in the Middle East could force Berlin to trust Moscow in the search for solutions.
The Kremlin has long sought closer ties with Germany, and Europe, particularly following Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal last year, a deal both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at a press conference should be preserved by all means.
In contrast to their enthusiastic agreement that “orange man bad” for killing Soleimani, there was no word on the two leaders thoughts regarding recent civilian deaths in Syria at the hand of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
While the German chancellor Angela #Merkel was in Moscow to speak w/ Vladimir #Putin about #Syria, the Kreml & its ally #Assad bombed women and children in #Idlib.— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) January 11, 2020
At least 23 civilians murdered today.
Putin lies to you, @RegSprecher & @HeikoMaas.