Putin spoke with Macron about Karabakh and coronavirus

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with French leader Emmanuel Macron. The politicians talked about the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh, discussed the settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict and the fight against the coronavirus. This was reported on the Kremlin’s official website.

Vladimir Putin stressed that the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is stabilizing, and the agreements between the Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders, reached on November 9, “are generally consistently implemented.” The successful work of the Russian peacekeepers in ensuring the ceasefire and of the population was also noted. The parties confirmed their mutual readiness to continue coordination on various aspects of the settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Speaking about the settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict, the parties expressed their interest in stepping up efforts to implement the key provisions of the 2015 Minsk agreements, as well as the decisions adopted following the Normandy Summit on December 9, 2019, in Paris. The Russian side again emphasized the need for Ukraine to fulfill its obligations, including the legal registration of the special status of Donbas and the consolidation of the “Steinmeier formula” in national legislation.

In addition, Putin and Macron discussed the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The parties confirmed their commitment to developing contacts between Russian and French specialized organizations on the production of vaccines and mass vaccination of the population.

Also, the Russian leader congratulated the French president on his last birthday and wished him a speedy full recovery.

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