President of Russia Vladimir Putin held the phone talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed the situation on the settlement of Donbas Conflict and the prisoner swap between Ukraine and militants, as Kremlin reported.
According to the message, the leaders of the states provided a positive assessment of the held exchange of prisoners between Kyiv and militants.
“The necessity of the consistent implementation of Minsk Agreements and decisions made at Normandy Four summit is underlined. It is noted, particularly, that the Ukrainian authorities should fulfill the commitments on the political aspects of the settlement, including the legislative enshrining of the special status of Donbas,” the message said.
Besides, Putin and Merkel paid attention to the issues of the fight against coronavirus pandemic. The leaders underlined the importance of the close coordination of the international efforts in this area and the active participation of the WHO.
In December 2019, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the bill, which extends the special order of the local self-government in particular areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions for another year.
On December 9, 2019, during the Normandy Format summit, the sides discussed the necessity to impose a special status in the territory of particular areas of Donbas.