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Merkel visit after parade boycott does little to mend rift with Russia
Merkel visit after parade boycott does little to mend rift with Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Kremlin on Sunday to pay respects to the millions of Soviet lives lost in World War II and to press Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence with pro-Russia separatists to end the deadly conflict in Ukraine. But on the heels of a Western boycott of Russia's massive Victory Day parade on Saturday, Merkel's gesture appeared to do little to mend the rift that Moscow's actions in Ukraine have inflicted on relations between Russia and the United States and Europe. Putin accompanied Merkel in laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then hosted her in the Kremlin for talks that were clearly dominated by the two...

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