The energy in the heart of the meeting, Merkel Medvdev

The energy in the heart of the meeting, Merkel Medvdev

Hanover : Germany | Jul 17, 2011 at 11:17 PM PDT
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Nicolas Sarkozy (C), Angela Merkel (R) and Dmitri Medvedev (L)

The energy in the heart of the meeting, Merkel Medvdev
The growing dependence of Germany, who must give up nuclear by 10 years to the deposits of fossil fuels from Russia, will be at the heart of intergovernmental consultations on Monday and Tuesday.

Many of the ministers of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and large business delegation, will meet for the 13th annual meeting in Hanover (north).

These consultations have been undertaken to deepen economic ties and contribute to the modernization of the post-Soviet Russia.

Thursday announced a merger between Gazprom, controlled by the Kremlin, and number two German RWE energy in thermal power plants in Europe.

Asked about a possible government encouragement to this type of alliances to offset the closure of German nuclear reactors, the spokesman for the Chancellor, Steffen Seibert, countered that the companies were only responsible for their strategy.

However, he acknowledged that "new plants, including gas, would be necessary" to compensate for some 22% of German electricity consumption produced by nine reactors still in operation.

According to the weekly Die Zeit, the European partners in Germany, most notably France and the United Kingdom and the United States, already skeptical about the abandonment of nuclear power, do not see a good eye this rapprochement between Germany and Russia.

The summit will begin with an informal dinner between Merkel and Medvedev on Monday night, the actual consultations taking place on Tuesday.

More than a dozen economic cooperation agreements will be signed and environmental, as well as contracts "covering the spectrum of cooperation between Germany and Russia," said a source on the German side.

With 31.8 billion euros in exports, Russia is the first economic partner of Germany, who exports to 26.4 billion euros.

A senior German official, who wishes to remain anonymous, has ensured that business "unresolved" relating to human rights, including the murder of journalist Natalya Estemirova, will be addressed.

Currently head of the Security Council of the UN, Germany also hopes to convince Russia not to block including a resolution condemning Syria and its bloody suppression of demonstrations.

Moscow intensified sanctions against Iran, the European model, which goes beyond those adopted by the UN, would also be welcomed by Berlin, the source added.

Relations with Mr. Merkel Mededev are at least better than she had with Vladimir Putin.

Probably because it, KGB agent in East Germany, too reminiscent of the Chancellor the regime under which she grew up, told AFP, Alexander Rahr, German Council on International Relations.

However, it was "completely tied his hopes (modernization) of Russia to Medvedev," he added.

Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of the magazine Russia in Global Affairs, expects a record high relief, between Germany, which has more head to the crisis of the euro, and Russia in the middle of political uncertainty.

For now, nobody knows who to Medvedev or Putin for the presidency next March, "and this uncertainty discouraged Berlin and other foreign partners, who are tired of trying to guess" who will be the next master of the Kremlin , he summarized.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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