March 30 Vladimir Putin held talks with the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and the President of France Emmanuel Macron… The conversation took place in the format of a videoconference, according to the Kremlin’s website.
“In general, the negotiations were held in a businesslike and frank atmosphere, it was agreed to continue joint work on the entire topical agenda,” it was reported.
During the videoconference, the leaders of the three countries discussed issues related to the pandemic, relations between Russia and the EU, the situation in Ukraine, Belarus, Libya, Syria, etc.
What was the main issue on the agenda?
According to the Kremlin press service, Putin, Merkel and Macron paid special attention to the task of “joining forces in the fight against a common threat” – the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed measures to prevent the further spread of the infection. In particular, the issues of the possibility of registration in the EU of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V”, supplies and joint production of this drug in European countries were touched upon.
What issues concerning other countries did Putin, Merkel and Macron discuss?
The leaders of the three countries discussed the situation in Ukraine and confirmed that there is no alternative to the 2015 Minsk “package of measures” as the basis for resolving the internal conflict in this state. Thus, Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of the Ukrainian authorities fulfilling all the agreements previously reached at the highest level, first of all, on establishing a direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk and settling the legal aspects of the special status of Donbass. The President of the Russian Federation also expressed serious concern over the escalation of the armed confrontation on the line of contact provoked by Ukraine and the actual refusal to implement the “Additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire regime” agreed in July 2020 in the Contact Group. The Kremlin’s message notes that political advisers to Putin, Merkel and Macron will continue to work together on the issue.
Also, world leaders touched upon the issue of the situation in Belarus, about which the President of the Russian Federation noted “the inadmissibility of external interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.”
As part of the discussion of the settlement of the situation in Libya, the interlocutors stated the parties’ compliance with the cessation of hostilities. They also noted the stabilization of the situation in Syria and outlined the urgency of the problem of providing the people of this country with humanitarian aid.
The leaders of the three countries also expressed support for the maintenance and implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian nuclear program.
What else did the leaders of the three countries discuss?
Putin, Merkel and Macron also discussed relations between Russia and the European Union. The head of the Russian Federation again stressed the country’s readiness to “restore normal depoliticized interaction with the EU, if a reciprocal interest is shown in this.”
Vladimir Putin’s interlocutors also mentioned in the conversation the situation around blogger Alexei Navalny, for which they received “appropriate explanations of the objective circumstances of the case.”