German government distances itself from Schroeder after his Putin meeting

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The German government distanced itself from former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday amid an outpouring of media criticism after pictures were published showing him embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg.A spokesman for Schroeder confirmed he was in the Russian city on Monday for a shareholders’ meeting of Nord Stream AG, the Russian-German pipeline joint venture he chairs. But spokesman Albrecht Funk would not say why Schroeder met Putin.German media reports said the grainy pictures of Schroeder locked in a bear hug with Putin were taken late on Monday evening outside the Yusupov Palace, where he was attending a belated celebration in honor of his 70th birthday on April 7.

For full report read ……. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/29/us-ukraine-crisis-germany-schroeder-idUSBREA3S0JC20140429

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