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Merkel warns to take Putin's words 'seriously'

'Not dismissing them as a bluff is a sign of political wisdom'

28 September, 17:50
(ANSA) - BERLIN, SEP 28 - Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns to take Vladimir Putin seriously and to confront the Russian leader: "His words should be taken seriously," she said last night, according to some German media, including Redaktions Netzwerk Deutschland, at an event of the Helmut Kohl foundation.

In light of the current developments in the Ukrainian conflict, Merkel said, "Taking his words seriously, and not dismissing them a priori as if they were a bluff, but confronting them is not a sign of weakness but political wisdom that helps to maintain a margin for maneuver or to develop new ones," she added. (ANSA).

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