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Germany’s Ex-Chancellor Celebrated His Birthday With Putin In Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets German Chancellor Gerhard Shroeder during their meeting in Svetlogorsk, some 40 km (25 miles) from Kaliningrad July 3, 2005. See Also BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government and media distanced themselves from ex Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday after pictures depicting him in an embrace with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Monday evening were published. Schroeder’s office had no comment on the pictures, which according to the media reports were taken outside the Yusupov Palace where Schroeder was attending a belated celebration in honor of his 70th birthday on April 7. “He does not…