• Angela Merkel says she was powerless to stop Putin invading Ukraine because he knew she was about to leave office

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool/AP Photo
    Angela Merkel said that she was too politically weak to stand up to Putin at their last meeting.
    The former German chancellor handed over power at a crucial time in the build-up to Russia's war.
    "For Putin, only power counts," she told German outlet Der Spiegel.
    Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was unable to influence Russia's President Vladimir Putin ahead of his invasion of Ukraine because of her...
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