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Putin denies trying to scare Angela Merkel with his dog

The German chancellor was not a fan of Konni.

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.

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