Putin's Reach Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase his influence in the Balkans. Stopping him, however, could prove difficult.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration in June.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration in June.

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