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Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

December 10, 2018

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

The situation resulting from the violation by Ukrainian vessels of the Russian Federation state border on November 25 was further discussed. The two leaders expressed mutual interest in preventing escalation in the waters of the Azov and Black seas and in resolving the problems stemming from the provocative actions of the Ukrainian authorities.

Issues related to the Syrian crisis were touched upon, with emphasis on the priority of promoting the intra-Syrian dialogue and the formation of the Constitutional Committee.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the situation in the area of strategic security in light of the US administration’s intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

It was agreed to further maintain contact at various levels.

December 10, 2018