The Presidents of Russia and France, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, held a telephone conversation, during which the issue of resolving the conflict in Donbas was raised. The dialogue between the leaders of the two countries took place on the initiative of the French side, the Kremlin press service reports.
“When discussing the intra-Ukrainian crisis, the leaders spoke in favor of stepping up the negotiation process in order to consistently implement the 2015 Minsk Package of Measures, which was and remains an uncontested basis for settlement. The Russian President pointed to the destructive actions of Kyiv, due to which the efforts undertaken - including in the Normandy format - are actually being sabotaged," the message says.
Putin stressed the need for the Ukrainian authorities to fully implement their earlier commitments, primarily to establish a direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk and legalize the special status of Donbas.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin does not prepare for the meeting of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian leader Vladimir Putin as Strana reported citing Putin’s Spokesperson Dmitriy Peskov.
Besides, in the talk with the journalists, Kremlin’s speaker added that the words of Zelensky on the difference of people of two countries “do not fit in the process of preparation for the meeting of the leaders in any way”.