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Putin invites German president-elect to Moscow
February 12, 2017, 5:50 pm

Putin wants to strengthe ties and security cooperation with Germany [PPIO]

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited German President-elect Fank-Walter Steinmeier to visit Moscow soon.

In a congratulatory cable a few hours after Steinmeier was elected, Putin said he hoped for strengthening of ties with Europe’s strongest economy.

We hope to “facilitate the development of the Russian-German relationship, productive cooperation in different spheres benefiting the interests of both countries within the framework of the strengthening of the stability and security in Europe and across the world,” Putin said, according to a Kremlin statement.

Steinmeier, who was formerly a foreign minister, is from the center-left Christian Democratic Party.

During a Sunday vote of 1,260 members of parliament, Steinmeier won a clear majority of 923 seats.

Steinmeier assumes the presidency on March 19.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies