29 Jan 2020 18:45

Bavarian minister president sees Moscow's cooperation in Khangoshvili murder inquiry as improvement in Russian-German relationship

MOSCOW. Jan 29 (Interfax) - Cooperation in investigating the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin could foster the development of the relations between Russia and Germany, Minister President of Bavaria Markus Soder said.

"Cooperation in the investigation of the Berlin murder, this would help us a lot. And I think this would make our relations even better and more successful," Soder, who Russian President Vladimir Putin received on Wednesday, said.

There are people in Germany who are skeptical about Russia, and the media coverage focuses only on several issues, among which is the Normandy process, Soder said.

"A great deal of attention is being paid to the Berlin case, too. For us, it is very important that what it involves is cooperation, as we are convinced: cooperation between Germany and Russia, between Bavaria and Russia matters," he said.

Despite their differences, the two countries also share common values, Soder said.

"Our cooperation with Moscow has been very good. We want to broaden it. I have already agreed to invite the Moscow mayor to the Oktoberfest, I hope he will like it there," Soder said.

Putin, in turn, said that Moscow is not Bavaria's only partner in Russia and that the cooperation involves many Russian regions.

"Bavarian representatives have been very active in Russia since 1995 - Bavaria opened its mission in Russia [then] and has been working here quite successfully in a variety of areas. Suffice to say that one in five German companies operating in Russia is of Bavarian provenance, and over half of all big German investments in Russia's economy were organized precisely by companies registered in Bavaria," Putin said.