Putin wishes Angela Merkel happy birthday
Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished German Chancellor Angela Merkel a happy 65th birthday, the Kremlin press service said.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call wished German Chancellor Angela Merkel a happy 65th birthday," the statement reads. "Vladimir Putin had earlier sent her a message of greetings," the Kremlin press service added.
In his message, Putin addressed Merkel as "dear Angela." "Germany, Europe and the entire world appreciate your political leadership skills and years-long work as Federal Chancellor," TASS cited the message as saying.
"I value our relations that make it possible for us to frankly discuss any issues, including the most complicated ones. I will be pleased to continue maintaining dialogue and cooperation with you," Putin added, wishing good health and success to Merkel.