Putin visits Bavaria on final day of German trip

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11 October 2006, Munich (dpa) - Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the southern state of Bavaria on Wednesday on the final day of his two-day trip to Germany. The Russian leader met the state's premier, Edmund Stoiber, ahead of talks with business leaders in Bavaria, which has about 1,000 firms engaged in trade with Russia. Putin flew in from the eastern city of Dresden where he met Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday and offered to double the amount of natural gas being pumped to Germany, in a move

11 October 2006

Munich (dpa) - Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the southern state of Bavaria on Wednesday on the final day of his two-day trip to Germany.

The Russian leader met the state's premier, Edmund Stoiber, ahead of talks with business leaders in Bavaria, which has about 1,000 firms engaged in trade with Russia.

Putin flew in from the eastern city of Dresden where he met Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday and offered to double the amount of natural gas being pumped to Germany, in a move he said was aimed at boosting Berlin's energy clout in the European Union.

Before leaving Dresden, the Russian leader took an extended stroll around the city where he served from 1985 to 1990 as an agent of the former Soviet Union's KGB intelligence service.

The Bavarian branch of the Green Party declined to attend an official luncheon with Putin and instead took part in a vigil for slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a leading critic of the war in Chechnya.

Politkovskaya was shot dead in Moscow last week by an unidentified gunman in an apparent contract killing.

Her death has overshadowed Putin's visit to Germany. At his press conference on Tuesday the Russian leader called the killing "abhorrent," and said it had done far more damage to Russia than her reporting.

DPA

Subject: German news

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