German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of Russia Vladimir Putin have once again discussed the possibility of settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the transit of Russian gas through the Ukrainian gas transportation system. This was announced by Deputy Government Spokesman Ulrike Demmer on Monday, Die Zeit reports.
The telephone conversation between German and Russian leaders was confirmed by the Kremlin press service. The dialogue was initiated by Berlin.
"The focus of the conversation was to prepare a summit in the so-called Normandy format," Merkel told the press.
During the telephone conversations, Merkel and Putin raised the issue of "Steinmeier formula" implementation, disengagement of forces and equipment in Donbas, consolidation of the special status of the region in Ukrainian legislation.
In addition, Merkel and Putin also discussed prospects for Russian gas transit through Ukraine. There were also crises in Syria and Libya mentioned.
As we reported earlier, Kremlin believes that it is early to talk about the holding of Normandy Format meeting until the end of 2019 according to TASS, citing Spokesperson of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
“We are closely following the situation. Any report that the disengagement of forces is disrupted raises deep concern. We hope that despite the difficulties, the process will be finished, finalized,” he said.