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German goverment confirms Merkel to meet Putin in Sochi on May 18

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the beginning of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Bernd Von Jutrczenka/POOL/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - A spokeswoman for the German government on Monday confirmed that Chancellor Angela Merkel would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi on May 18 to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The spokeswoman’s confirmation of the meeting came after she had initially denied to confirm or deny during a regular government news conference a report by Russia’s RIA news agency which cited a Kremlin aide as saying Merkel and Putin would meet.

Reporting by Tom Koerkemeier; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Joseph Nasr