May 2, in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the situation in Ukraine and Syria, Russian media reported.

"We can not but use this visit to talk on bilateral relations, on the most problematic points, I mean Ukraine and Syria and, maybe, some other regions," Vladimir Putin said.

Earlier, Angela Merkel met with Putin at international events, but last time she came in Russia in May 2015.

Relations between Germany and Russia deteriorated in 2014, after the latter illegally annexed the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea and unleashed a war in the Donbas.

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