Following the talks, Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel made press statements and answered journalists’ questions.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Ms Federal Chancellor, colleagues, welcome to Sochi.
Thank you for coming here today, for bringing news on the preparations for the G20 meeting in Hamburg.
We certainly cannot miss this chance to discuss bilateral relations and the most problematic matters. I am referring to Ukraine, Syria, and perhaps other regions.
Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (retranslated): Thank you. I would like to thank you for this chance to visit Sochi.
We will certainly touch on various issues today, including Germany's chairmanship in the G20, where Russia is an important partner.
We will also talk about international affairs: the situations in Ukraine, Syria, and Libya.
We will definitely discuss bilateral relations; I am looking forward to our talks.