MENU About The Company Bloomberg London Homepage Markets Stocks Currencies Fixed Income ETFs Commodities Rates + Bonds Economics Magazine Benchmark Watchlist Economic Calendar Tech U.S. Merkel and other German government officials make it clear they're no friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that they don't want any part of a hot war with his country. Her position on Syria is one -- between domestic stability and the need to signal loyalty to the U.S.-led Western alliance.
Merkel's tone has hardened over the four years since Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, which led to Western nations imposing the sanctions on Moscow. Macron and Trump have a great relationship, the official added. And an adviser downplayed the idea that the U.S. had ever expected Germany to join in the strike on Syria, saying the U.S. was appreciative of its political support. You never know.” French President Emmanuel Macron, on the contrary, enjoys a positive relationship with Trump and is planning to visit the White House next week.