Putin and Merkel discussed the upcoming G20 summit

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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel discussed the topics of the forthcoming summit “the Big twenty” (G20). This was reported on Friday the press-service of the Kremlin.

“On the eve of the group of twenty summit in Hamburg (7-8 July), the leaders discussed the main topics on the agenda of this forum”, – said the press service.

During the conversation they also touched upon issues of the Paris agreement on climate change and some issues of bilateral cooperation. As explained in the press service, the conversation was initiated by the German side.

Earlier, Russian Sherpa G20 Svetlana Lukash said that the German presidency in the Group of twenty in anticipation of the July summit is still working on coordinating a common position in the G20 on the issue of climate change with the recent U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. She also noted that climate would be given due attention during the discussions of leaders.

The Paris agreement was made on 12 December 2015 at the conference in Paris, 195 participants of the forum agreed not to allow the increase in the average temperature of the planet by the year 2100 more than 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. At the moment the Treaty is ratified by 26 countries. The first of June the American President Donald trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.