March 14, 2018 / 3:11 PM / in 7 months

Merkel says EU united on Russia, but must keep talking to Moscow

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union would present a common stance over a nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in England for which British Prime Minister Theresa May holds Moscow responsible.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts after being re-elected as chancellor during a session of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

“We take the findings of the British government very seriously ... We will present a common European view here,” Merkel told German broadcaster ARD, noting that European leaders would meet next week.

“Nonetheless, I say we can’t break off all contacts now. We must still talk with the Russians despite all differences of opinion,” she added.

Reporting by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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