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People and Politics

Speechless - An end to the St Petersburg Dialogue?

The forum was meant to promote deep understanding between Germany and Russia. Now the St Petersburg Dialogue may be at an end.

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Andreas Schockenhoff, the German coordinator and Chancellor Merkel’s commissioner for German-Russian cooperation, has sharply criticized Vladimir Putin, saying the Russian president uses repression and confrontation, and that he views the country’s citizens not as partners but as a threat to the state.