“Angela sends me some bottles of Radeberger beer from time to time,” says the Kremlin chief in the
When asked about her alleged boozy gifts by a reporter, Merkel confirmed Monday that she also gets mail from Moscow. “For my part, I once got some very good smoked fish”, she said.
Merkel and Putin know each other well. After joint meetings they have often underline how “constructive and factual” the talks are, but they are not thought to be close.
In Russia, meanwhile, an import ban for Western foodstuffs is currently in effect and sanctions were extended in mid-2017 to the end of the current year. The EU had previously imposed sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict and its annexation of Crimea.