“From a power politics point of view, I was done.” Merkel admitted she no longer had any influence over Putin | World


The last time Merkel met Putin was in August 2021. The Kremlin head also came to the meeting for the first time with his foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, although they had previously acted privately, the former chancellor noted in the interview .

During the same summer Merkel she, along with French President Emmanuel Macron, unsuccessfully tried to arrange a meeting with Putin.

“Everyone knew then that I would be gone in the fall,” Merkel told Spiegel. “From a power politics point of view, I was dealt with. And for Putin, power is all that matters,” added the woman who led Germany for 16 years until last December.

Russia had been assembling its troops near the border with Ukraine for several weeks before the invasion of Ukraine began in February. In the light of subsequent events, Merkel and other European Union leaders were criticized for taking stronger action against the Kremlin, the BBC writes.


By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at