Putin gives Merkel flowers as they meet in Kremlin

Among the topics to discuss Merkel pointed out the situation in Afghanistan and Libya as well as bilateral relations.

Putin and Merkel are likely to broach Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany, which is nearly complete despite U.S. complaints that the pipeline will deal a huge blow to ally Ukraine by bypassing the historic gas transit country.

This visit to Moscow is likely to be the last one for Merkel as a chancellor.

Merkel is due to step down as chancellor after a September 26 election, while Putin, who has been in power for more than two decades, is next up for election in 2024, though he has not said whether or not he will run.

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