Merkel meets with Russia's foreign minister

6th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 April 2006, BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Berlin Thursday as western nations seek ways to restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions.

6 April 2006

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Berlin Thursday as western nations seek ways to restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Moscow and Berlin have disagreed in recent days over the election held in Belarus, with the Kremlin hailing its outcome, while the West said it was undemocratic. Those differences remained at talks between Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

A government spokesman only briefly referred to the Iran issue, but described how the two sides differed on Belarus, with Lavrov saying the March 19 poll had "expressed the Belarus people's will".

As in the case of Ukraine, this must be the basis for other states' relations with Belarus. Steinmeier responded that, unlike the March 26 polls in Ukraine, the Belarus elections did not fulfil international standards.

A German government spokesman said Lavrov also discussed Belarus with Merkel, but his meeting with the chancellor was mainly devoted to preparation for government-level consultations between the two nations set to take place April 26-27 in the Russian city of Tomsk.

They were in agreement that key consultation issues should be business links and more science and education exchanges.

Lavrov's round of meetings in Berlin also included talks with German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung.

DPA

Subject: German news

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