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German-Russian relations said headed for long impasse over Ukraine
German-Russian relations said headed for long impasse over Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel put her political colleagues on notice Wednesday that relations with Russia may be in for long-term difficulties over Moscow's aggressions against Ukraine. In her toughest assessment yet of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Merkel said in a speech to the German parliament in Berlin that Germany needed to exercise "patience and staying power" to resolve the crisis of the Kremlin's use of force to change internationally recognized borders. Her comments echoed repeated warnings over the past two weeks from NATO officials that Russia has been engaged in a menacing buildup of troops and armor along Ukraine's border and has been...

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