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Combative Angela Merkel denies appeasing Vladimir Putin over Ukraine

By Guy Chazan

08 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Merkel has come under a great deal of criticism since leaving office for her policy toward Russia and her belief in “change through trade.” Yesterday, she defended herself. The FT reports.

Germany’s interests meant finding ‘modus vivendi’ with Russia, says ex-chancellor in first interview since leaving officeAngela Merkel said she had “nothing to apologise for” over her policy towards Moscow as Germany’s former chancellor denied that she had “appeased” Vladimir Putin in her efforts over the years to ease tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Merkel was giving her first interview since stepping down as chancellor in December last year. It was also the first time she has been quizzed publicly over her policies towards Putin, which have come under mounting scrutiny since Russia launched its full-scale invasion on February 24.

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