However, Merkel clarified that now this topic is not discussed, writes Meduza, citing an interview with RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland.

According to the former Chancellor of Germany, before her departure from politics in 2021, she tried to prevent the Ukrainian crisis, but did not succeed.

"On the one hand, Putin was no longer ready for the Normandy summits.

On the other hand, I have not succeeded in creating an additional discussion format for Russia and Europe on the order of European security in parallel with the Normandy format, "Merkel said.

Merkel does not think that the Kremlin expected her resignation from the post of German Chancellor to start the war in Ukraine, but her resignation could be one of the factors along with "elections in France, withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, stagnation in the Minsk agreements." ex-Chancellor of Germany.