Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. The leaders of the three countries discussed many issues, in particular the situation in Ukraine, during the conversation, which took place in the format of a video conference. This was reported by the press service of the Kremlin.
“The Russian side expressed serious concern about the escalation of the armed confrontation provoked by Ukraine on the line of contact and the actual refusal to implement the “Additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire regime” agreed in July 2020 in the Contact Group. Political advisors of the leaders will continue to work together.”, – said in the message.
The head of state stressed the importance of Kiev to implement all previously reached at the highest level agreements, primarily concerning the establishment of direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the settlement of the legal aspects of the special status of Donbass.
“The detailed exchange of views on the situation in Ukraine confirmed the irrevocability of the 2015 Minsk Package of Measures as the basis for resolving the internal conflict in that country,” the Kremlin stressed.
The Russian Federation is ready to restore normal interaction with the EU. The Kremlin press service noted that the talks between the three heads of state took place in a businesslike and frank atmosphere.
“The interlocutors discussed the state of affairs in relations between Russia and the European Union. Vladimir Putin reiterated his readiness to restore normal depoliticized interaction… subject to reciprocal interest,” the report said.
Merkel and Macron received explanations from Putin regarding the situation around Alexei Navalny, who was given a suspended sentence commuted to a real one in the Yves Rocher case.
“In connection with the question raised by the partners about Alexei Navalny, appropriate explanations of the objective circumstances of the case were given,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
REFERENCE. On February 2, the Simonovsky Court in Moscow granted the FSIN’s petition and commuted Navalny’s 3.5-year suspended sentence in the case to a real term of imprisonment. He is currently serving his sentence in IK-2 in Pokrov.