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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet on August 18 for talks about the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project that has drawn USA opposition.

Germany is seeking a political solution on Syria that would create conditions for refugees to return, though "we're still a long way away from that", Seibert said on Wednesday.

Maas said he had spoken with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin this week, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to visit Berlin again on September 14 after a meeting with Merkel in the German capital last month.

"It was a nice trip", Putin said before his talks with Merkel, adding they plan to discuss bilateral ties, economic cooperation and a controversial Russian gas pipeline beneath the Baltic Sea.

On Friday, Merkel said that Germany is looking into the possibility of such a summit: "A meeting between Germany, France, Turkey and Russian Federation could make sense - this must be well-prepared, so there is no date yet". Austria now holds the European Union's rotating presidency.

Putin also spoke about global reconstruction efforts and the humanitarian situation in Syria.

Yet the foreign ministry insisted that Putin's visit "will not change anything in terms of Austria's foreign policy positions".

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"I want to stress here that Nord Stream 2 is only an economic project and it does not close the door to the continuation of gas transit through the territory of Ukraine", he said.

The talks, which included Syria, the Ukraine and a Russian gas pipeline, ended later in the day with no clearcut progress.

Germany is facing pressure from the United States to halt work on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project which will transport gas from Russian Federation.

Putin stressed the importance of Merkel's support for Nord Stream 2 as evidence of her willingness to assert Europe's independence, said three people who attended a recent meeting between the president and senior diplomats.

The Kremlin views divisions between the USA and Europe over trade and the Iranian nuclear deal as a chance for Russian Federation to mend relations with Germany by presenting itself as a more reliable partner in negotiations.

Earlier this month, a Russian suggestion that the United States and Russia form a joint group to finance infrastructure renovation in Syria was met with an icy reception, according to a U.S. memo seen by Reuters.

Ms Kneissl, an independent, was picked for the foreign minister job by Austria's far-right Freedom Party - a coalition partner in the current government. "It was a private visit".

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