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Just Look At How Much Fun Angela Merkel Had Visiting Vladimir Putin In Moscow

In Putin's Russia, good time has you.

Posted on May 10, 2015, at 4:35 p.m. ET

Angela Merkel was in Moscow on Sunday to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II.

Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Like most Western leaders, Merkel skipped Saturday's big parade but she did show up for a wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of an unknown soldier.

Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Things looked pretty awkward, given Merkel is the Chancellor of, well, Germany.

Alexei Nikolsky / AP

Afterwards the pair met in the Kremlin for what looked like some very friendly talks.

Sergei Karpukhin / AP
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You see, things are pretty strained lately between Putin and Merkel (well, between Putin and a lot of people, really) because of Russia's backing of rebels in Ukraine.

Maxim Shipenkov / AP

Merkel, who has consistently acted as a mediator between Putin and her Western allies, wasn't going to pass on the chance to reprimand Russia for its behavior of late.

Maxim Shipenkov / AP

“We have sought more and more cooperation in recent years,” Merkel said of Russia and Germany, according to the WSJ. “The criminal and illegal annexation of Crimea and the warfare in eastern Ukraine has led to a serious setback for this cooperation.”

Kirill Kudryavtsev / Reuters

Let's just hope Putin was listening.

Kirill Kudryavtsev / AP

Isn't diplomacy fun?!?

Ria Novosti / Reuters
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