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PM Modi, Putin discuss situation in Persian Gulf, Libya over phone call

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint news conference in the Kremlin in Moscow Russia on Saturday

All the way through the talks, PM Modi prolonged the season's greetings to President Putin and the folks of Russian Federation.

The Kremlin said last week that Saturday's talks would cover the "escalation of tensions" in the Middle East after the United States killed top Iranian commander General Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike close to Baghdad.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Libyan peace talks will be held in Berlin, as Turkey and Russian Federation appealed to Libya's warring factions to enter a ceasefire.

Russia's Vladimir Putin will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow on Saturday afternoon - her first visit since May 2018 when the two leaders met at Sochi on the Black Sea.

The prospects of rescuing the nuclear accord could be hurt by Iran's admission Saturday that one of its anti-aircraft missiles hit a Ukrainian airliner this week, killing all 176 people aboard.

On the ongoing civil war in Libya, Merkel announced her intention to host peace talks in Berlin.

Russian private military contractors have clandestinely fought in support of Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine, media reports have previously revealed.

The chancellor added that the meeting held on Wednesday between Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan was very productive.

With the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline expected later this year, the United States has chose to impose sanctions against the commercial European and Russian companies which are now involved in its construction.

Putin reiterated Moscow's denial of this, saying: 'if there are Russians there, they do not represent the interests of the Russian state and do not receive money from it'. -European alliance have also been compounded by a number of US blunders with regards to failed military interventions as well as solipsistic behaviour like the termination of the Iran Nuclear Deal, among other things.

"We are involving Europe and those players who are influential there, for that we need Russia", Maas told Germany's NTV television.

The Russian leader said the project had faced some delays because of sanctions but would be online by the end of this year or the beginning of 2021.

"Yes, we will certainly be able to complete it on our own, without attracting foreign partners".

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