Putin tells German FM he wants better ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the visiting German foreign minister that he would like to improve ties between the two countries, Star Tribune reports.
Putin on Thursday received German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and extended an invitation for Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Moscow. Gabriel had meet with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov earlier in the day.
Putin told Gabriel in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that that it is "our common goal to fully normalize the relations and to make sure all the difficulties we face are overcome."