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LIVE: Russian and German leaders' speech in St Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are giving a news conference at the St Petersburg Economic Forum.

A fresh dispute over German art seized by the Soviet Union as war reparations has cast a shadow over the German chancellor's visit.

Mrs Merkel had been due to open a new exhibition jointly with President Vladimir Putin on Friday evening.

But that ceremony was cancelled at short notice.

It appears Mrs Merkel had planned to mention German claims in her speech and the Russian side objected.

  • 21 Jun 2013