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G20, Syria, Ukraine and human rights dominate Putin-Merkel talks

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
G20, Syria, Ukraine and human rights dominate Putin-Merkel talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin at his summer residence in Sochi.

The talks focused on four main themes the upcoming G20 in Hamburg, Syria, Ukraine and human rights in Russia.

Putin was asked if he thought the Normandy Four had any chance of bringing peace to eastern Ukraine:“This format works, and without it the situation would be much worse. We need to get the representatives of the Kyiv authorities and those of the unrecognised republics together at the same negotiationing table. It’s impossible to get a resolution to the conflict without the direct dialogue of conflicting parties.”

Merkel addressed human rights in Russia and highlighted the LGBT issues in Chechnya have seen how important the right to protest is in civil society. I have seen the importance of NGO’s and their work.
I reminded the president that we have heard the negative reports of the treatment of homosexuals in Chechnya and I have asked the president to use his influence there.”

After meeting with Chancellor Merkel Putin is due to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.