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Telephone conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

April 17, 2018

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

The two leaders had a detailed discussion of the aggravated situation in Syria and around it. The President of Russia pointed out once again that the actions taken by a group of Western countries that committed an act of aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic, were in flagrant violation of norms of international law, including the UN Charter, and greatly damaged efforts towards a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis.

Also highlighted was the importance of conducting a careful and objective investigation by the OPCW mission, which is currently in Syria.

Both sides expressed readiness to facilitate the resumption of political and diplomatic efforts regarding the Syrian problem, including at the Geneva and Astana venues, and also to carry on bilateral contacts on this matter.

The two leaders also exchanged opinions on topics related to the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

April 17, 2018