He shared that he was trying to establish contacts with Putin in the summer of 2021 after his meeting with US President Joe Biden. In addition, Merkel wanted to start an “independent European discussion format with Putin and [президентом Франции] Emmanuel Macron” in the Council of the European Union.
“Some were against it, and I no longer had the strength to assert myself… I asked the other members of the council: ‘Why don’t you come?’ One said, “It’s too much for me.” The other just shrugged… The same thing happened during my farewell visit to Moscow. The feeling was very clear: “As far as power politics is concerned, everything is over.” For Putin, only power is important,” said the former German chancellor.
However, he does not regret that he chose to leave the post: Merkel believes that new people should have been involved in solving the problems. He emphasized that the matter concerns not only Ukraine, but also Transnistria and Moldova, Georgia and Abkhazia, Syria and Libya.