According to Merkel, the Russian-German relations in 2015 are under a serious test, mainly because of the war in Ukraine, every opportunity for a dialogue should be used, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to RIA Novosti.
The greeting was read by Gernot Erler, Commissioner of the German government for cooperation with the Russian Federation, at the opening of the conference in Karlsruhe.
Merkel noted that the war in Ukraine today waged by Russia in neighboring Ukraine, was resulting in significant differences. “In this regard, it is important to use every opportunity for open discussion. Direct dialogue is of particular value to the German-Russian conference of fellow cities,” the greeting said.
It should be recalled that during the last day alone, pro-Russian militants have made 85 attacks on the Ukrainian positions and peaceful settlements. However, the Russian President Vladimir Putin called and complained Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande that the Donbas was allegedly shelled by the Ukrainian military.