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Merkel cancels meeting with Putin in Sochi

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of October in Sochi because of the situation in Ukraine.

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It was announced by BBC Ukraine with reference to the German media, in particular, Spiegel and the site of Tagesschau television news program.

According to Tagesschau, negotiations between the Russian president and German chancellor, as well as the ministerial meeting are usually held in parallel with the Petersburg Dialogue, the Civil Society Forum of Russia and Germany, which at this time is planned in Sochi.

According to Spiegel, in Berlin the realization of the intergovernmental consultations are recognized impractical.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin press service reported that Putin and Merkel have discussed preparations for the negotiations in Milan within the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), scheduled for October 16-17 over the phone.

At the same time Putin"s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov has already declared that Spiegel does not reflect the position of German authorities. He stated it in an interview with the radio station "Moscow speaking".

"We can not comment on the Spiegel magazine. There is nothing to comment on. Spiegel can not articulate the position of Germany," said Peskov.

Berlin has already canceled a meeting with the representatives of the Russian government.

Thus, September 19, President of Germany Joachim Gauck said he would not come to Russia as long as Moscow stopped human rights violations. He noted that the Kremlin"s attempts to prevent Ukraine"s European integration were contrary to the international law and violate human rights, in particular, the right of people to self-determination.

Hauk says that such a situation vetoes the possibility of his diplomatic trip to Moscow.

Annual intergovernmental consultations between Russia and Germany have been held since 1999. The Petersburg Dialogue forum was held for the first time three years ago.

This year, several major non-governmental organizations have refused to participate in the Petersburg Dialogue. Among them, there are Amnesty International and Greenpeace, Heinrich Boll Fund, which supports projects in the sphere of politics and human rights, as well as German-Russian Exchange and European exchange organizations.