Merkel welcomes Trump's invitation to Putin to meet in US
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Germany’s relationship with the United States is crucial, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump last week accused Berlin of being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance.

Asked about her working relationship with Trump, Merkel told a news conference: “One can say that the values, or our usual framework, are under strong pressure at the moment.”

“However, the transatlantic working relationship, including with the U.S. president, is crucial for us and I will carry on cultivating it,” she added

Reporting by Riham Alkousaa; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Caroline Copley