Merkel pledged to continue working for better relations with Russia, but also stressed the importance of sticking to the 2015 agreement she helped broker in Minsk, Belarus, aimed at ending fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and the pro-Russian militants.
"The Minsk agreement is the only thing we have at the moment to move forward talks and the possibility of solving the problems. When we don't have anything else, I am against throwing something away that may still carry hope," Merkel said.
Russia has been accused of violating international law in both countries, annexing Crimea in 2014 and conducting indiscriminate bombing raids amounting to war crimes in support of Syria's autocratic President Bashar al-Assad.
Merkel, who met with the U.S. vice president Mike Pence one-on-one following their addresses, acknowledged that Europeans couldn't fight global issues like Islamic extremist terrorism alone, saying "we need the military power of the United States".
Moreover, Angela Merkel had pledged to do "everything possible" to hit Nato spending targets, with uneven contributions repeatedly targeted by Donald Trump, and appealed to the U.S. to bolster international organizations like the EU and UN.