Merkel lowers expectations before talks with Putin

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she did not expect her Saturday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to produce any particular results.

“It’s a work meeting from which no specific results are expected but the number of problems that occupy us – from Ukraine and Syria to the issue of economic cooperation – is so big that it is justified to be in a permanent dialogue,” Merkel said.

Speaking at a news conference with Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic in Berlin, Merkel also said a four-way meeting between Germany, Russia, Turkey and France on Syria could make sense.

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