This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 5 °C Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Putin denies trying to scare Angela Merkel with his dog

The German chancellor was not a fan of Konni.

Image: PA

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin has denied using his dog to scare Angela Merkel.

During a meeting in Sochi in 2007 the German chancellor was photographed looking uncomfortable around Putin’s dog Konni.

Merkel has a fear of dogs and some people claimed Putin used the dog in a “power play”.

The Telegraph reports that at the time Putin said: “The dog does not bother you, does she? She’s a friendly dog and I’m sure she will behave herself.”

Merkel is believed to have replied in Russian: “No, she doesn’t eat journalists after all.”

Yesterday Putin finally shot down the rumours in an interview with German newspaper Bild.

“I did not know anything about [her phobia].

I showed her my dog because I thought she would like it. I told her so later and apologised.

Putin went on to described Merkel as “sincere and highly professional”.

The chancellor has been a vocal critic of Putin, particularly in relation to the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Read: Ten killed, 15 wounded in Istanbul explosion

Read: Woman killed and baby injured after being trampled by wild elephant

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Órla Ryan

Read next: