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FILE PHOTO - German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/John MACDOUGALL,POOL

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken over the phone to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, congratulating her on the victory by a loyal bloc of parties in Germany's parliamentary polls, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.

Both of them underlined their readiness to continue the "mutually advantageous" cooperation between Russia and Germany, the statement said.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Dmitry Solovyov)

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