Expert: Putin and Merkel to discuss cooperation in circumvention of U.S. sanctions

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MOSCOW, August 13. /Basereporter.com/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting on 18 August in Berlin can consider the joint action of the two countries to bypass the extraterritorial US sanctions, particularly against Iran. Such opinion in conversation with the correspondent Basereporter.com expressed on Monday, the Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe RAS Vladislav Belov.

“The agenda will be broader: not only the “Nord stream – 2″, and extraterritorial U.S. sanctions, – said Belov. – Restrictive measures Washington affect not only this project pipeline, but also the interests of the Russian and European companies in the context of a Joint comprehensive plan of action [SVPD] on the Iranian nuclear program, which left the United States.” “Sanctions affect not only the “Nord stream – 2”, but to other spheres of our [Germany’s] cooperation, – noted the expert. – We can therefore expect the discussion at the summit in Berlin agreed joint actions. A number of major companies forced to withdraw from Iran, is involved in the “Nord stream – 2”.

The Agency also suggested that the leaders will focus on the problem of the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the prospects of cooperation of Russia, Germany, France and the EU in the rehabilitation of infrastructure areas Arab Republic, which is now under the control of the Syrian government, and humanitarian projects.

According to Belov, despite the fact that the contradictions between Moscow and Berlin on the situation in the East of Ukraine still remain, the parties remain committed to the channel format [Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine]. “I think that Putin and Merkel will discuss possible actions in the framework of the Quartet, which is now essentially frozen and not functioning due to the fact that Kiev took a non-constructive position,” he said. The expert believes that in Berlin will be reviewed and the issue of a possible UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas and its role in overcoming the protracted internal crisis in Ukraine.

Earlier official representative of the Cabinet of Germany Steffen Seibert said that Putin and Merkel will discuss in Berlin on the Syrian settlement, the situation in the East of Ukraine and issues of energy cooperation, in particular the implementation and prospects of the project “Northern stream – 2”.

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