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Putin In Berlin For Talks With Schroeder, Merkel


http://gdb.rferl.org/006F72E9-20CD-4B93-ACE2-FF48CFF54449_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/006F72E9-20CD-4B93-ACE2-FF48CFF54449_mw800_mh600.jpg Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (file photo) 8 September 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Berlin today for talks with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder about bilateral relations.

Putin and Schroeder are due to sign an agreement on building a $5 billion gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would ship Russian gas to Germany for sale in Western Europe.

ITAR-TASS noted that Putin will also meet with Angela Merkel, Schroeder's challenger in Germany's upcoming federal elections later this month.

Putin is expected to arrive in Greece later today for a two-day working visit.

(AFP/BNS/ITAR-TASS)

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"Putin, Schroeder Ratify Pipeline Deal"
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