Vladimir Putin has discussed with Angela Merkel the Ukraine and Syria
Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As reported in the Kremlin, the main topics were the Ukraine and Syria. In addition, was “confirmed Russia and Germany in the implementation of big mutually beneficial projects in the gas sector — the “Nord stream-2″”.
The situation in the South-East of Ukraine were discussed, “given no alternative” to the Minsk agreements “as a basis for the peaceful resolution of the crisis.” They noted the importance of the observance of “Easter truce”. “Expressed readiness to further assist the work of the special OSCE mission for monitoring the situation on the contact line. Affected by problems associated with the possible establishment of the UN mission for the protection of observers of the OSCE”, — stated in the message of the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel agreed to continue working together in the “channel format”.
The two sides exchanged views on the situation in Syria, “including taking into account addressed to the official Damascus accusations of some Western countries to use chemical weapons”. Vladimir Putin drew attention to the “inadmissibility of provocations and speculations on this account.” He stressed the need to “consolidate the efforts of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to the needy throughout Syria.”
We will remind, past Saturday, several non-governmental organizations reported chemical attack in the city of Douma, located about 10 km from Damascus. According to the organization “White helmets”, in the attack and choked to death 70 people. The US state Department blamed the alleged Syrian use of chemical weapons by government forces on Russia. Donald trump warned that the support of Damascus, Moscow “will have to pay a higher price.”