President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Madame Federal Chancellor, colleagues, good evening,
Though it’s late, I think it’s good that we have this opportunity to talk about our bilateral relations, and discuss some issues that are of mutual interest, that we are persistently working on to find solutions.
Let's try to do some work. I hope you still feel up to it.
Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (retranslated): Don’t worry, I’m fine. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to talk. It’s still daytime in Europe, so I'm still fresh.
I think the issues that we will discuss are so important that it’s good we have this opportunity to discuss them on a bilateral basis now. I mean, for example, Ukraine.