Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel held the phone talk with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on June 9. They discussed the situation in Ukraine as Deutsche Welle reported citing Spokesperson of German Government Steffen Seibert.
“During the phone talk, Merkel and Putin mostly concentrated on the implementation of Minsk agreements for peaceful settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine and situation in Syria, considering the supply of the humanitarian aid to the country,” Seibert stated.
According to Kremlin, the phone talk was initiated by the German side.
Moreover, Putin’s press service reported the expressed concern about ‘absence of progress in the implementation of 2015 Minsk Agreements’ and decision of the Normandy Format on the results of the summit in Paris in 2019. The importance of activation of the talks in the contact group and in Normandy Format was noted.
“The president of Russia underlined once more the feasibility to establish the direct dialogue of Kyiv with Donetsk and Luhansk aiming for the agreement of the steps on consequent fulfillment of Minsk set of measures,” Kremlin stated.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine would not go to direct negotiations with the militants of the self-proclaimed "DPR" and "LPR", and would only engage in dialogue with the Kremlin.