At least nine years after the meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin finally explained that he didn’t mean to scare Markel with his dog.
Merkel was reportedly fearful of dogs since a dog bit her in 1995 and she looked very uncomfortable and scared when Putin also brought his huge black Labrador Koni in the meeting that was held at his residence in Sochi, Russia in 2007.
Putin felt very confident on his dog, “The dog does not bother you, does she? She’s a friendly dog and I’m sure she will behave herself.”
After the meeting, Markel said, “I understand why he has to do this; to prove he’s a man. He is afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this.”
However, now, Putin told German newspaper Bild that he had no intention of frightening Merkel.
Putin remarked: I wanted to do something nice for her. When I found out she doesn’t like dogs, of course I apologized.
He also added, “I never said that. I value her as very professional and open.”
Putin said that, despite of conflicts or clashes with the West, the two countries share an interest in fighting against terrorism.