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Merkel urges Putin to free Navalny, extend gas deal with Ukraine

Merkel urges Putin to free Navalny, extend gas deal with Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel enter a hall during a news conference following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia August 20, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW: German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin after talks in Moscow on Friday (Aug 20) to release Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and to extend a gas transit deal with Ukraine that expires in 2024.

"I have demanded once again from the president to release Navalny and I have made it clear that we will remain on the case," Merkel said. "We also spoke about the transit deal with Ukraine, which could and should be extended beyond 2024."

Source: Reuters

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