Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron at the French side’s initiative.
Particular attention was paid to the internal Ukrainian conflict. The two leaders expressed concern over the escalation of tension in southeastern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin drew attention to the provocative actions of Kiev, which is deliberately exacerbating the situation along the line of contact and ignoring the provisions of the Minsk Agreements. He emphasised the need for the Kiev authorities to strictly implement the previously reached agreements, first of all, those aimed at launching direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk and legally formalising the special status of Donbass. In turn, Emmanuel Macron briefed the Russian President on the recent talks with the President of Ukraine in Paris.
Both presidents reaffirmed their intention to continue close cooperation between Russia and France in the Normandy format.
They also reviewed the developments around Nagorno-Karabakh. It was stated with satisfaction that the situation remains calm and systematic work continues to implement the Statements by the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia on Nagorno-Karabakh of November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021.
The parties expressed mutual readiness for coordination on various aspects of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, including through the OSCE Minsk Group.
When discussing developments in Libya, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron spoke in favour of further facilitating the advancement of the political process with the participation of all key Libyan forces.
The two presidents also exchanged views on coronavirus response efforts.
At the request of Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin commented on the current state of Russian-Czech relations, emphasising the absurd nature of Prague’s accusations and actions against Russia.
The situation around Alexei Navalny was also addressed.
The leaders agreed to continue a regular dialogue on current issues on the international and bilateral agenda.