Putin invites German President-elect to visit Russia

Moscow, Feb 13 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin invited newly-elected German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit Russia at his convenience in a congratulatory message on Sunday.

Putin confirmed his readiness to continue a “constructive dialogue” with Germany on bilateral and international issues, Xinhua news agency quoted a Kremlin statement as saying.

In the message, Putin expressed his confidence that Steinmeier will contribute to the development of Russian-German relations and fruitful cooperation in various fields for mutual benefits.

Steinmeier, a former Foreign Minister, was elected earlier Sunday as Germany’s new President, a post more ceremonial than executive.

The incoming President, previously known for his efforts trying to mediate the Ukrainian crisis, is set to assume office next month.

–IANS

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