Gorbachev to tell Putin about his conversation with Merkel

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said he had met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his visit to Germany timed with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, but will only tell Russian President Vladimir Putin about the issues addressed in the meeting.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said he had met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his visit to Germany timed with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, but will only tell Russian President Vladimir Putin about the issues addressed in the meeting.

"I have met with Angela Merkel, we had a conversation. My daughter Irina accompanied me. She [Merkel] had invited her. We had a very interesting conversation, but I am saving everything for our president [Vladimir Putin]," Gorbachev said during a presentation of his new book entitled After the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday.

"For this reason, I won't talk about it now. But we had an informative conversation. My opinion [about Merkel] has not changed. She is a very responsible politician," Gorbachev said.

Gorbachev earlier said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda that he had discussed the Ukraine issue in his recent meeting with Merkel in Berlin, but would not give the details of the conversation, saying he can only do that after he informs the Russian president about it.

Gorbachev said he believes Russia and the West should find a compromise on the Ukrainian crisis or they will lose. "It [a compromise] has not been found yet, but it is quite possible. I think Russia and Europe will lose if it is not found. The responsibility will then rest with the current leaders," he said.

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