Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation discussed the joint work on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Also, the two leaders touched upon the issues of the Syrian settlement and transit of Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine.
As the press service of the Kremlin, “during the exchange of views on the issue of Ukraine stressed the importance of continuing joint work on implementation of the Minsk agreements, including taking into account the outcome of the summit in “Norman format”, held in Berlin on October 19.” “In this context expressed concern about the continued violations of the “regime of silence” in the Donbass”, – noted in the message.
In addition, Putin and Merkel touched upon the issues of “the Syrian settlement and some issues of bilateral character.”
Besides, during the meeting discussed the issue of Russian gas transit to European consumers via Ukraine. Putin has noticed that “in connection with the forecasters predicted cold winter could increase the risk of unauthorized siphoning by Ukraine of Russian gas supply to Europe in accordance with existing contracts”.
The two leaders agreed that this issue will be held contacts at the European Commission, of the Ministry of energy of Russia and “Gazprom”.
In Berlin, 19 October negotiations, “Norman Quartet.” At the end of the meeting of the leaders of Germany, Ukraine, France and Russia, it became known that till the end of November 2016 needs to be developed a road map for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the results of the negotiations reported that Russia agreed to the appearance in the Donbass armed police of the OSCE mission.
The so-called Minsk agreement (agreement) were outlined in the course of protracted negotiations, on 11 and 12 February in the capital of Belarus, with the participation of the “Normandy four” leaders – Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko. They include a complex of measures for the peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Donbas.
A number of humanitarian measures were implemented, including the exchange of prisoners, diversion of heavy weapons from the demarcation line. But the political part of the agreement establishing the special status of Donbass and the holding of local elections is not met. Ukraine insists that the first should be returned to control of the border with Russia.