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September 21, 2020

Merkel to meet Medvedev amid controversy over Putin prize, energy issues

Chancellor Merkel and President Medvedev will hold talks today, only days after a public outcry forced a German organization to go back on its decision to award Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a major political prize, Deutsche Welle reports.

Politicians, business leaders and civil society experts from Germany and Russia are meeting today in the northern city of Hanover to kick off a traditional public forum, which is meant to strengthen ties between the two nations. On the sidelines of the event, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for a working dinner on Monday, followed by a meeting of most of their cabinets on Tuesday. The talks come after a week of controversy in Germany following the announcement that a prominent political prize would go to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Energy issues also top the agenda. The Russian energy company Gazprom has seized the opportunity to expand by agreeing a strategic partnership with Germany’s largest electric utility RWE. The two plan to cooperate on coal and gas-fired power plants both in Germany and internationally.

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