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 security 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.

Putin and Prince Al Saud discussed cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, initiated by the Saudi side, discussed issues of bilateral cooperation, including joint work in the OPEC + format. This was reported by the Kremlin press service on Tuesday.

“A positive assessment was given to the achieved level of bilateral relations, a mutual disposition was expressed for the further development of Russian-Saudi cooperation in various fields. A thorough exchange of views on the current situation in the world energy markets was held. The importance of continuing joint work, including in the OPEC + format, was emphasized, — the message says.

Macron discussed with Putin the Karabakh conflict and the situation in Belarus

According to the Kremlin press service, French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh with Russian leader Vladimir Putin by telephone. The conversation took place at the initiative of Paris.

“The parties thoroughly discussed the sharp aggravation of the situation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Serious concern was expressed in connection with the ongoing large-scale hostilities. The Presidents considered specific steps for further interaction, primarily in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group,” the press service said.

In addition, Putin and Macron again discussed the situation in Belarus after the presidential elections. The Russian president noted that Moscow has “a principled position on the inadmissibility of any attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the republic and external pressure on the legitimate authorities.”

UN thanks Putin for offering vaccine against coronavirus

The United Nations (UN) has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the offer to provide its employees with the coronavirus vaccine.

The UN called the Russian head’s proposal generous and promised that the organization’s medical service would study it.

During his speech at the UN General Assembly session, Vladimir Putin offered the organization’s employees a Russian vaccine against coronavirus free of charge. “We are receiving such appeals from colleagues from the UN, and we will not remain indifferent to them,” the Russian head said.

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly opened on September 15 in New York. In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, its participants could not meet in person but recorded a video message from their countries.

On August 11, Vladimir Putin announced the registration of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine produced in Russia. The drug was named “Sputnik V”. Its production started on 15 August. The first will be vaccinated by doctors and citizens from risk groups, and later will begin mass vaccination of Russians. In parallel with post-marketing trials of this drug, clinical trials of another Russian vaccine developed by the Vector Center are also underway.