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Telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron

April 13, 2018

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.

The two leaders continued to exchange opinions in connection with the current situation in Syria that has become aggravated due to the claims about the alleged use of chemical weapons in the city of Douma.

Vladimir Putin underscored the need for a thorough and objective investigation and noted that it would be appropriate to avoid hurling groundless accusations at anyone until the end of the investigation.

Most importantly, it is necessary to refrain from ill-conceived and dangerous actions that would rudely violate the UN Charter and would lead to unpredictable consequences.

Both sides voiced satisfaction with a decision to send OPCW experts at the invitation of the Syrian Government. They discussed specific opportunities for joint Russian-French efforts to help the OPCW mission in its work.

Both leaders instructed their respective defence and foreign ministers to maintain close contacts for the purpose of de-escalating the current situation.

April 13, 2018