German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) gives a speech on her government's budget politics in the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, on May 16, 2018 in Berlin. / AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Friday, as Moscow and Europe make rare joint efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal.The pair's first face-to-face meeting in a year will take place less than a week before French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Russia.Putin and Merkel last met for bilateral talks in May 2017, also in Sochi.Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the meeting was important as it was the first since both were reelected.Russia has intervened militarily to support President Bashar Assad regime in the Syrian conflict, who flew to Sochi to meet Putin on Thursday.
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