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Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel called Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, at the initiative of the German side.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel exchanged views on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula in the context of the latest provocative actions by the DPRK and strongly condemned Pyongyang's disregard of UN Security Council resolutions. It was noted that such steps are contrary to the principles of global non-proliferation and pose a serious threat to regional peace and security.

It was confirmed that this acute crisis can only be resolved by political and diplomatic means, by resuming negotiations of all the parties involved. It was agreed to continue discussing the situation at the level of the foreign ministers of the two countries.


The implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement in southeast Ukraine was addressed. It was underscored that any violation of the ceasefire regime, undermining the so-called ”school truce“, agreed in the Contact Group and supported by the leaders of the Normandy format states, would be unacceptable.

Vladimir Putin spoke in detail on the Russian initiative to establish a UN mission to aid the protection of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM). Taking into account the views communicated by Angela Merkel, the Russian leader expressed readiness to add to the functions of the above-mentioned UN mission proposed in the Russian draft resolution of the Security Council.

The protection of OSCE observers by the UN is envisioned not only on the contact line after the disengagement of the forces and equipment of both sides, but also in other places where the OSCE SMM conducts its inspection visits in accordance with the Minsk Package of Measures.

Working breakfast with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.

Vladimir Putin began the second day of the G20 Summit with a working breakfast with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Macron.

Vladimir Putin had a working breakfast with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Macron.
Vladimir Putin had a working breakfast with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Macron.
The leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine and ways to settle the crisis.

Taking part in the meeting from the Russian side were:
  • Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov
  • Deputy Chief of the Presidential Executive Office, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

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Vladimir Putin with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Macron before a working breakfast.
Vladimir Putin with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Macron before a working breakfast.

G20 Summit in Hamburg.

The G20 Summit started in Hamburg.

G20 Summit participants.
G20 Summit participants.

The G20 leaders held an informal meeting on counter-terrorism efforts.

In addition, Vladimir Putin will take part in two working meetings devoted, in particular, to global economic growth, trade, climate change and energy.

The President of Russia is also expected to hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit.


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Informal meeting of the G20 Leaders. Angela Merkel. Donald J. Trump.
Informal meeting of the G20 Leaders. Angela Merkel. Donald J. Trump.
Informal meeting of the G20 Leaders.
Informal meeting of the G20 Leaders.
Vladimir Putin with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel before the start of the G20 summit.
Vladimir Putin with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel before the start of the G20 summit.
Vladimir Putin with President of South African Republic Jacob Zuma (left) and President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto.
Vladimir Putin with President of South African Republic Jacob Zuma (left) and President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto.
Vladimir Putin with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov before the start of the G20 summit.
Vladimir Putin with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov before the start of the G20 summit.

Putin.BLOG: BRICS Leaders Meeting

Informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
Informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
Before the start of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, an informal meeting took place between the heads of state and government of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
Following the meeting, the BRICS leaders issued a joint press communique.

Press Communique of the BRICS Leaders Informal Meeting on the Margins of the G20 Hamburg Summit.



We, the BRICS Leaders, met on the margins of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on 7 July 2017.

We recognize that global economic growth is gathering pace, though the downside risks persist. BRICS countries and other Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (EMDCs) continue to be the main engine of global growth. Facing uncertainties in the world economy, major economies should enhance macroeconomic policy coordination and avoid negative spillovers to emerging market economies.


We affirm our support to the G20 German Presidency for a successful hosting of the Hamburg G20 Summit. We resolve to use all policy tools – fiscal, monetary and structural – to enhance resilience and potentials of emerging markets, and foster strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.

We stress the importance of upholding a more inclusive, balanced, and open world economy, creating an enabling environment for the development of EMDCs, encouraging human resource development and increasing people-to-people links, so that the benefits of globalization can be shared equally by all countries and peoples.

BRICS Leaders’ Meeting.
BRICS Leaders’ Meeting.
We firmly support a rules-based, transparent, non-discriminatory, open and inclusive multilateral trading system, implementation and enforcement of existing WTO rules and commitments and oppose protectionism. We will strive to improve the current framework and functioning of the multilateral trading system. We call for the acceleration of the implementation of the Bali and Nairobi MCM outcomes and for the WTO Ministerial Conference to be held this year in Argentina to produce positive outcomes.

In order to support global economic growth and make our financial systems more resilient to any potential systemic crises, we are committed to making global financial architecture more effective and reflective of the current global economic landscape. In this regard, we stress the importance of increasing the voice and representation of EMDCs in global economic and financial institutions, and of the completion of the new round of reforms of the IMF and the World Bank as scheduled. We welcome the contribution of the New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement to international financial stability and sustainable development.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
We commit ourselves and call upon the international community to make further efforts in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and attaining its Goals in a timely manner with an equal and balanced emphasis on its economic, social and environmental dimensions. Education and research are important in reaching the SDGs. We believe education improves global economic environment and promotes innovation and adoption of technologies, accelerates job creation and moves economies towards more diversified and value adding industries.

We urge developed countries to honor their Official Development Assistance commitments and help developing countries improve their development capabilities and achieve the SDGs by 2030.

We recognize the importance of research and technology collaboration in stimulating world economic growth and encourage the contributions of research initiatives to the development of economic sector. Promotion of innovation is important for sustainable growth and provides a strong and sustainable contribution to the world economy. We emphasize the importance of implementing the G20 commitments in this regard.


We call upon the international community to jointly work towards implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change according to the principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances, and to fulfill commitments to provide financial and technical support to developing countries in meeting their climate challenges.

We commit to take stock of our cooperation experiences and to build upon existing agreements, including the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership, and look forward to further enhancing BRICS strategic partnership in all priority areas of cooperation.

We express appreciation and voice full support for China’s BRICS Chairmanship. We look forward to a successful hosting of 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen under the theme of ”Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future“.

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President of Brazil Michel Temer at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
President of Brazil Michel Temer at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
President of South Africa Jacob Zuma at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
President of South Africa Jacob Zuma at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
Vladimir Putin at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.
Vladimir Putin at the informal meeting of BRICS heads of state and government.

Vladimir Putin wrote an article for Handelsblatt.

Article by Vladimir Putin published in the German business newspaper Handelsblatt.


Ahead of my trip to Germany to take part in the Summit of the Group of Twenty, I would like to share some thoughts about cooperation within the G20 framework with the readers of Handelsblatt, one of the most popular and reputable German newspapers.

Over the years of its existence, the Group of Twenty has established itself as an important mechanism for aligning the interests and positions of the world’s leading economies. By taking coordinated action, the G20 contributed to the adoption of necessary measures that not only helped overcome the financial and economic crisis, but also laid the foundation for improving global governance, which has found itself in dire straits for a number of reasons. Importantly, by working together we have been able to find solutions to a number of long-standing issues.

For instance, Russia highly values practical steps to counter base erosion and profit shifting to so-called ‘safe havens.’ All economies suffer from such practices. Irresponsible corporate behavior of this kind affects the quality of life of millions of people, resulting in high social costs.

Implementation of the financial regulation reform is another achievement of the G20. For example, special regulations for those banks whose bankruptcy would be undesirable or too risky because of their size.

For the first time in history, supervision bodies started monitoring transactions in the non-bank, “shadow” financial sector. Decisions regarding the key attributes for preventing and overcoming bank sector crises, organizing the work of deposit security agencies and a number of other initiatives have had a major impact.

Of course, the creation of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) was a major step forward. On the back of its efforts, financial regulation reform took on a system-wide dimension and became routine, while the FSB established itself as an important partner of the IMF in its regular risk assessment studies. The FSB’s creation led to the emergence of similar structures on the national level.

Even against the backdrop of growing geopolitical risks and uncertainty, the G20 has not become less efficient as a global governance tool. This is largely attributable to the exceptional responsibility demonstrated by its presiding countries in fulfilling their mission. I am saying this based, among other things, on Russia’s own experience, since our country chaired the Group of Twenty in 2013, and benefited from substantial support and encouragement from all of its partners.

The success of the G20 is based on respect for the opinions and position of each member, regardless of the size of its economy and its place in the international monetary and financial system.

Constructive discussions and the search for compromise have become the signature style of the G20, the unwritten law of relations, which its current President – Germany – is also putting into practice.

The upcoming meeting of the G20 in Hamburg is an opportunity to discuss key issues on the global agenda. We share the priorities of Germany’s Presidency and we are ready to help implement them, provided this continuity is maintained.

We welcome the decision to expand the agenda addressed by the G20 to include sustainable development, climate change, countering terrorism and corruption, healthcare, migration and refugees. It is very important that the Group is giving more attention to the digital economy as a growth driver and a new factor of global governance thanks to China’s Presidency in 2016 and Germany’s Presidency this year.

We are facing several major challenges. The old economic models have all but exhausted their possibilities. Protectionism is becoming the norm, while unilateral, politically motivated restrictions on trade and investment, as well as technology transfer, are nothing but masked protectionism. We believe that these sanctions are not only doomed to fail, but also run counter to the G20 principles of cooperation in the interests of all countries.

I am confident that only open trade based on common norms and standards can stimulate global economic growth and the gradual improvement of interstate relations. Just as it is set forth in the fundamental principles of the World Trade Organization's activities.

The G20 is doing substantive work on combating climate change. Human activity is greatly increasing the burden on the planet’s environment and is hence complicating the achievement of sustainable development goals. As a leading country within the international climate process,

Russia has exceeded its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. In other words, we have compensated the growing emission in other countries and regions. We view the Paris Agreement of April 2016 as a reliable international legal framework for a lasting climate settlement and intend to do our best to facilitate its implementation.

Over the past few years, the G20 has been working on the issue of migration. According to the UN, in 2017 labor migrants will remit over $500 billion to developing countries. This is three times more than the volume of official development assistance or foreign direct investment.

The G20 has been working on issues related to the migrants’ integration in the host countries’ labor markets, as well as their cultural adaptation and social protection. In addition, the G20 has formulated decisions this year that could help settle the issue of forced displacement. They are based on the strengthening of regional and global stability and the economic growth of the countries that are generating the unprecedented numbers of refugees.

Security of and in the use of ICTs is a new issue on the G20 agenda. Russia consistently advocates free access to communication technologies, including the Internet. We consider it highly important to protect human rights in the information space. At the same time, freedom in the digital sphere, just like in any other, should by no means be replaced by permissiveness and impunity. This leads to a rampage involving cyber-criminals, hacker groups and all those who encroach on the privacy of individuals or the sovereignty of states by using cutting-edge technologies.

Russia, which was among the first countries to note the danger of this challenge, has for several years been advocating the conclusion of universal international agreements under the UN auspices that are called on to combat these negative phenomena. We hope this will evoke a positive and interested response from other countries. The G20 agenda should also include digital literacy issues, a key element of protecting consumer rights in e-commerce.

I would like to note that various opportunities opened up by the digital economy and a switchover to new industrial and technological patterns simultaneously increase the gap in the development levels between rich and poor countries and aggravate inequality between various social strata. Therefore, our efforts should focus on people, their interests and concerns. I consider this to be a key-priority for G20 activities.

Obviously, the G20 can make a weighty contribution to strengthening the stability of the global economy and to maintaining its balanced development. Only by acting together and pooling our efforts can we overcome the current imbalances, ensure sustainable growth, develop fair trade and competition rules, reduce poverty and resolve acute social issues.

The Russian delegation will be actively involved in the work of the Hamburg summit, which I am sure will be highly productive. I wish our German colleagues every success in organising the summit. And, of course, we will team up with our G20 partners in implementing the agreements that will be reached at the meeting.

In conclusion, I would like to wish all Handelsblatt readers and all Germans health and prosperity.

Meeting with President and CEO of BASF Kurt Bock.

Vladimir Putin met with President and CEO of BASF Kurt Bock.

Vladimir Putin with BASF President and CEO Kurt Bock.
Vladimir Putin with BASF President and CEO Kurt Bock.

BASF Chief Financial Officer Hans-Ulrich Engel was also present at the meeting.

Taking part on the Russia side were Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. President, colleagues, let me wish you a warm welcome to Moscow.

We have longstanding good relations with BASF, which has been working in Russia for a long time now in various sectors, chemicals and household chemicals, for example. The company is investing good money in localising production in Russia.

Energy is the other big sector in which BASF is working here. You have ties with different Russian companies, including LUKOIL and Gazprom. You are a visible and significant shareholder in the Nord Stream pipeline, and as far as I understand the situation, you support continuation of this project, the Nord Stream 2 project, which is a purely economic venture.

In this respect, let me repeat that this project is not aimed against any of our partners. What’s more, we are ready to continue relations with all partners, including Ukraine, as transit countries, but we take the position that there will be reliable and economically advantageous market conditions for this cooperation.

With Europe’s gas consumption on the increase, and the drop in production in European countries, Nord Stream 2 is very much a natural project.

We are pleased to see that our reliable partners in Europe in general, and in Germany, continue to work actively in Russia. Unfortunately, recent economic events have had a negative impact on our reciprocal trade. The Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations estimates that Germany has lost at least 150,000 jobs as a result of these unfavourable events.

But we do not lose hope that we will be able to restore full-format cooperation. Of course, we will continue to work hard on this with our economic partners, and with our partners at the political level. On May 2, as you know, we are expecting Federal Chancellor Ms. Merkel’s visit.

President and CEO of BASF Kurt Bock (retranslated):

Mr. President, thank you very much for giving me and my colleague on the board, Hans-Ulrich Engel, the chance to be here today and say a few words.

BASF has been working actively on the Russian market for more than 140 years now, including with our friends and partners from Gazprom.

We are active in two sectors here, chemicals and energy. These last two years have not been easy for us, but we have noted a growth trend starting this year. The basic conditions for continued growth are better now than they were a while ago. We will make the effort needed to make use of these opportunities. We recently discussed these matters with the Industry Minister. We will continue, of course, to our efforts to localise production here.

Our cooperation in the energy sector, specifically in the gas sector, is developing very, very well. This sector is of great importance for us. Of course, the main project in this area at the moment is Nord Stream 2. We completed the Nord Stream 1 project with success together. I think we will have the same success with Nord Stream 2, given that we now have successful experience of working together.

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Link: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54088

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Meeting with President and CEO of BASF Kurt Bock.
Meeting with President and CEO of BASF Kurt Bock.
Vladimir Putin, Yury Ushakov.
Russian President at a meeting with BASF CEO Kurt Bock. Left: Presidential Aide Yuru Ushakov.
BASF President and CEO Kurt Bock (left) and BASF Chief Financial Officer Hans-Ulrich Engel.
BASF President and CEO Kurt Bock (left) and BASF Chief Financial Officer Hans-Ulrich Engel.
Kurt Bock, Hans-Ulrich Engel in the Kremlin.
BASF President and CEO Kurt Bock (right) and BASF Chief Financial Officer Hans-Ulrich Engel.
Meeting with President and CEO of BASF Kurt Bock in the Kremlin.
Meeting with President and CEO of BASF Kurt Bock in the Kremlin.

Putin met with President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.

Vladimir Putin met with Minister-President of the Federal Land of Bavaria Horst Seehofer, who is in Moscow at the invitation of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

Vladimir Putin with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.
Vladimir Putin with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Minister-President, colleagues, friends, please accept my heartfelt greetings.

I know that you are here, as last time, at the Moscow Mayor’s invitation, and you have a busy schedule, including meetings with the business community and with my colleagues in the Russian Government.

Bavaria unquestionably ranks first among the Federal Republic’s states in terms of trade and economic ties with Russia. However, what is especially interesting and unexpected is that Bavaria’s exports to Russia increased by 4 percent last year (while imports from the other states and from Germany as a whole decreased by 4.8 percent overall). You must take some credit for this, Mr. Minister-President. I hope that your visit will benefit our relations.

Welcome!

President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer (retranslated):

Mr. President, thank you very much for this chance to meet, and thank you very much for your invitation.

I am very pleased to see that trade relations between Bavaria and Russia are developing so well. Let me thank you too for the fact that during our last meeting, you allowed us to hold talks and work at the federal level, which we are doing. Of course, we are continuing our cooperation with our partner city, Moscow.

Allow me to convey particularly warm greetings from our Federal Chancellor [Angela Merkel]. She reminded me several times that I was not to forget to do this, and said that she would visit you in early May.

We therefore have an excellent opportunity to continue the good relations that have become a tradition between Bavaria and Russia. Some of my predecessors even piloted the plane themselves on the way here and landed safely. My direct predecessor, Edmund Stoiber, as we counted today, visited Moscow around ten times.

Let me assure you that we consider it our duty to expand and deepen the good relations we have in science, culture, the economy, and agriculture. Tomorrow, we will finalize an agreement with the Economy Minister (he is incredibly young). The same goes for agreements we will sign in the areas of agriculture, culture and science.

We have brought a big delegation here, close to 100 people. Thank you very much for the opportunity to deepen our cooperation.

Vladimir Putin:

Thank you. Please pass on my best wishes to the Federal Chancellor as well. We look forward to Ms. Merkel’s visit on May 2.
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Link: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54052

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Meeting with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.
Meeting with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.
Horst Seehofer, Sergei Sobyanin, Yury Ushakov.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov (right) at a meeting with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.
At a meeting with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer. With Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov (left).
At a meeting with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer. With Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov (left).
Meeting with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.
Meeting with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.
Formed Minister-President of Bavaria Edmund Stoiber.
Formed Minister-President of Bavaria Edmund Stoiber.
Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.
Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.

Meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

Vladimir Putin met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel.

President Putin with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel.
President Putin with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel.

The current state of bilateral relations and prospects for their development was the subject of discussion.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also took part in the meeting.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Minister, colleagues, let me wish you a warm welcome.


We have regular, ongoing contact, and I hope that this will continue. We are aware of the situation today and the state of our relations. As I see it, our common task is to return our relations to normal and resolve all difficulties encountered on the way.

I hope very much to discuss in detail with you today our bilateral relations and the tasks that we can resolve only if many countries pool their efforts.

We look forward to a visit by the Federal Chancellor [Angela Merkel]. I ask you to pass on to her my very best wishes.

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel (retranslated):

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

It is wonderful that you found the time for this exchange and dialogue. I already had a substantial discussion on various subjects with Sergei Lavrov today.

I also think, and you are quite right, that despite the various difficulties before us, we do have the task of ensuring peace and stability in Europe. This is not easy, but it is something that is worth the effort.

It is with pleasure that I will pass on your best wishes to the Federal Chancellor, and I too hope that the opportunity will come up for her visit. I think that the Federal President [President-elect Frank-Walter Steinmeier] also plans to visit. We therefore have every reason to be confident in our bilateral relations’ stability.

Vladimir Putin:

We would be happy to see Mr Steinmeier too. We have very good relations with him dating from his time as Germany’s foreign minister.

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Link: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54018

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Vladimir Putin, Sigmar Gabriel.
Vladimir Putin and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel.
Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian and German diplomats.
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany.
Vladimir Putin, Sigmar Gabriel, diplomats.
Russian President with German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel.
Sigmar Gabriel, diplomats.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel (centre).

Putin's conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.


The discussion focused on the situation in southeastern Ukraine, which recently deteriorated due to Ukraine’s provocative actions. The parties expressed serious concern over the escalating armed conflict, which has caused human fatalities and significant destruction of the civil infrastructure and residential areas in several Donbass towns.

Vladimir Putin drew Angela Merkel’s attention to the data of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission as well as statements by official Kiev representatives, which indicate attempts by the Ukrainian security forces to change the situation at the contact line in their favour by military means. It is becoming obvious that Kiev officials are trying to sabotage the execution of the Minsk Agreements and use the Normandy format to conceal their destructive acts.

President Putin and Chancellor Merkel spoke for restoring the ceasefire immediately and supported the efforts of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in this context.

The parties agreed to intensify diplomatic efforts to assist with the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. In particular, this includes contacts between foreign ministers and the leaders’ aides within the Normandy format in the earliest possible timeframe, and subsequent discussions of the situation at the top level.

Link: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53821

Telephone conversation with Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel and President of the French Republic Francois Hollande.


The discussion dealt with progress toward implementing the Minsk agreements, including the outcome of the Normandy format summit in Berlin on October 19, 2016. Dissatisfaction was expressed with the general situation surrounding the settlement of the Ukraine crisis. In particular, the deterioration of the situation along the contact line in Donbass was noted, as well as the inadequate results of the Contact Group’s efforts.
There was an emphasis on the importance of stepping up joint efforts to de-escalate tensions in southeastern Ukraine and ensuring consistent implementation of the Minsk-2 provisions, including an ”all for all“ exchange of detained persons as soon as possible.
It was agreed to give an additional impetus to the Normandy format activities. In this regard, plans are in place to hold a series of meetings at various levels in the near future.
President Putin briefed his colleagues on steps to implement the Russian-Turkish-Iranian agreements on a ceasefire in Syria and to prepare a meeting with the representatives of Damascus and the opposition to be held in Astana on January 23.

Link: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53747

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Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.