May 18, 2018 / 1:43 PM / in 3 months

Good relation with Russia are a German interest - Merkel

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Germany has a strategic interest in good relations with Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday after talks with President Vladimir Putin, adding that this did not go against the continuation of a firm trans-atlantic friendship.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia May 18, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Merkel also said she stressed the need for the continuation of gas transit via Ukraine even after the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will circumvent the country.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Thomas Escritt

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