Russia considers Germany its key partner in Europe, seeing the development of ties with it among priorities, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

“Germany is our leading trade-economic partner in Europe, and of course Moscow sees the development, continuation of mutually advantageous cooperation with Germany among its major priorities,’ Peskov said in comments on a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier in the day.

“The president congratulated Angela Merkel on her bloc’s victory in the elections, they discussed issues of bilateral cooperation,” the spokesman added.

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