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really so if you're concerned look. you're. going to w. this is d w news live from berlin i'm going to michael means very near putin here in germany the differences remain as the to tackle the tough issues of ukraine and syria but signs of a pragmatic thought as the german and russian leaders talk face to face for the second time in three months or so coming up gone as it has a week all morning off the country's most famous son kofi and then dies at the age
of eighty the former united nations chief and nobel peace prize laureate served two terms as the world's top diplomats later he became un special envoy for syria will examine his legacy. and commemorating the day actually hold a state funeral for the victims of choose a bridge collapse in the northern city of genoa relatives and friends join the country's leaders to say goodbye to their loved ones. i'm headed on free glad you could join us german chancellor angela merkel has been holding talks with russian president vladimir putin here in germany with the crises in both syria and ukraine high on the agenda with a key energy project also on the table there are signs of a pragmatic for one of the difficult relations.
it's their second meeting in three months and there's no shortage of issues for the two leaders to chew over. i mean if he said that in view of the fact that there are so many serious issues around the world we need an opportunity to find solutions we both have responsibility in germany but in particular also russia because russia is a permanent member of the security council so we need to look for solutions. with. solutions on syria will be difficult as merkel said there has been a reduction in the fighting but the search goes on for an end to the conflict but putin at least is talking about post-war reconstruction. still let me remind you that one million refugees are in jordan one million in lebanon three million are in turkey but this is potentially a huge burden for europe and therefore it's better to do everything so that these
people can go back home for them with what must be done for that elementary things we need to help to restore water supply sewers medicine the most basic things i think everyone is interested in that including europe. ukraine to continues to be a focus of attention this is the first time putin has met merkel in germany since the conflict in donbass began and peace is still elusive. of course we will talk about ukraine as the chancellor said in the context of settling the crisis. we are not making the progress we might have hoped but there is no alternative to the implementation of the minsk agreement. top level relationship looks more active and more cool deal than it has for some years as merkel said earlier this week while breakthroughs are unlikely talking remains essential. we'll talk more about this now i'm joined by the w.c.
and the show win in moscow thomas sparrow in maze of bag that's the venue of the talks and here in the studio with me our political correspondent nina has a welcome to you all thomas i'd like to begin with you because american putin met just recently in fact in salt she why exactly all the two leaders meeting now well i'm going to merkel cannot focus on foreign policy one of her strengths so vibing a key internal debate on migrations of that can explain at least partially why they meeting now that focused on that america and how government want to put on foreign policy issues and foreign policy issues that by the way have to be solved with russia when we're talking for example about the crisis in ukraine we're talking about the crisis in syria in particular for example the crisis in ukraine is one that i'm going to mobile has been trying for years alongside other partners to try and hold in particular through the means get three months of two thousand and
fifteen and when it comes to syria she has also been vocal about the need to finding political solutions obviously that is a very difficult challenge ahead not only for germany but also for other partners internationally but that explains the need why angela merkel undoubtedly of putin a meeting precisely here in mr back today andy thomas this is something the chancellor has been grappling with for many years now concretely what is it do you think that germany expects from russia now. on the one hand i think ongoing dialogue it is not something that's unique to the german russian relationship but it is particularly important in the german russian relationship made mainly the need to keep talking even when there are very evident differences that on the one hand then obviously political assurances when it comes for example to ukraine or to russia the need to try and find long term solutions for both conflicts and then there's obviously the issue of trade one that was also discussed
here in particular the north stream two pipeline that both countries want to advance but that is facing certain opposition not only from certain countries in the european union but also other countries in particular for example ukraine but also the united states donald trump has been very critical of his north seemed to pipeline so those were all issues that had to be discussed by the two leaders and that i'm going to mogul was particularly interested in finding at least some sort of answers from vladimir putin. so progress some answers nina we know that when it comes to syria the angle of merkel actually wants putin to finalize a lasting cease fire what role can germany play in in syria and brokering peace there well germany does have a clear interest in avoiding a further escalation of the conflict russia is selling the world of the narrative that bashar assad and his they've been supporting for years has essentially won the
war angola mackle said earlier that she still believes that there need to be fresh elections but at the same time germany's interested like i said in not escalating the conflict further so what germany will try and do uncle michael has said this is he's going to try and talk to flooding near putin about a potential syria meeting in turkey in september where france and turkey and russia and germany who talk about percent potential solutions all right very briefly i'd like to go over to emily share win in moscow and really the north stream to pipeline will bring russian gas directly to germany putin has said that it's an economic project what does he mean by that briefly if you will. well north korean two bypasses ukraine and ukraine has been very worried about that and markel came to this meeting of hoping for guarantees for ukraine as well and in a way putin kind of handed those guarantees to her on a platter he said that ukraine would continue could continue to be
a transit country but he also left a kind of back door open he said that it would be a transit country if that was economically beneficial family show when in moscow thomas sparrow in maser. and of course with me in the studio political correspondent nina thank you very much to you all as get you up to date now with some of the other stories making news around the world indian prime minister narendra modi has promised more than seventy million dollars in aid for the flood stricken state of karen on the government's deploy thousands of troops to the southern region following torrential monsoon rains the disaster has killed hundreds and thousands are still waiting to be rescued. at least one police officer was injured in berlin when around five hundred far right activists clash with an equal number of counter-demonstrators the far right group was marking the thirty first anniversary of the suicide of nazi war criminals yes some twenty three hundred
police officers were deployed to prevent violence. so you arabia has been making final preparations to host the annual hajj pilgrimage which begins on sunday over two million faithful from across the world are expected during the five day event the pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of islam and is required of all able bodied muslims once in their lifetime. the former united nations chief and nobel peace prize laureate kofi annan has died and then was the first black african to be the world's top diplomat he served two terms from one nine hundred ninety seven to two thousand and six there in new york the united nations lowered its flags at half staff at its world headquarters and and died off a short illness at the age of eighty. kofi annan for almost ten years the face of the un for many years he still is he managed to be more than just a u.n.
secretary general he was a moral authority he was driven by one conviction that he kept for it to rating we have an obligation under international humanitarian law and our own moral values to help kofi annan was born in ghana in one thousand nine hundred thirty eight his parents were well off he could study economics in the u.s. as well as switzerland the young soccer fan was only twenty four when his career began at the united nations. he started with the world health organization in geneva and soon became head of u.n. missions in war zones. when he moved to the top post at the u.n. it was meant as an interim solution taking over from the controversial previous secretary-general boutros boutros ghali despite his diplomatic skills he felt his biggest defeat was over the two thousand and three iraq war but his belief in the un's goals and importance never ceased i think most of you know that one of my
chief moose ever since i took over as secretary general has been to make the united nations more useful for his tireless work as a peace negotiator and ambassador for human rights and none was honored with the nobel peace prize in two thousand and one leaves a wife and three children. the head of the accounting company responsible for the motorway bridge which collapsed in genoa this week has promised to put a new structure in place within eight months the chairman of altus that out it was a promise tens of millions of euros in aid for those affected by the disaster ceremonies have been held in italy to move before the names of the dead read out to a close friend chief. genaro a city in mourning. the one. dollar. bill could all lot in the collapse of the marandi bridge slash the heart of genoa. the
deep wound is caused above all by the immense pain for those who lost their lives and for the missing. he spit. out a started the company responsible for the bridge in a press conference held only hours after the state funeral said it would give five hundred million euros to the city of genoa many of pointing the finger at altus that are dead but they stop short of taking responsibility. for the finance and we strongly feel our compassion our closeness our torment toward the victims and the relatives of the victims and their friends. and towards the society and local communities. afford it but we don't believe that under the current circumstances we should take responsibility for an event that is still being investigated in depth look at the i mean the situation but bringing hands
won't quell locals anger. from moves by you get into your mind these are mistakes that keep on being repeated and now for the umpteenth time angels flew in the sky and paid for mistakes of other human beings severe mistakes so it is time to say enough and to think about what is really crucial which is maintenance in ships. today the families of those who lost their lives are grieving but pressure is mounting on the authorities to find who was responsible and ensure that they see justice. in football the german cup first round continued today have been some shock results by munich only narrowly managed to beat fourth tier doctors an asshole with a goal by robert leaven dusky in the eighty second minute the biggest shock though
so own who also play in the fourth division knockout raiding in champions eintracht frankfurt with a two one victory still got also made an early exit losing to neil to hands a hotshot coffin home and with a man on the other hand had no such problems both defeating their lonely opponents six one. and cliff divers impressed hundreds of spectators in crimea as they took part in the cliff diving world cup now the black sea resort town of sin yes provided a stunning backdrop while the tall competitors while the crowds lining the beach the divers nourse themselves off a twenty seven needs a high powered woman the winner was a familiar face reigning champion carrie hunt from great britain a once again one first prize and took home six thousand u.s. stunts. rather than the mate you're watching the news life from but then plenty more coming up at the top of the hour you can of course get the latest on our web