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Telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron

October 20, 2020

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron, at the French side’s initiative.

The Russian President expressed his condolences in connection with the terrorist act – the barbaric murder of a French teacher – that took place in the Paris suburbs on October 16. In this context, mutual interest in stepping up cooperation to combat terrorism and the spread of extremist ideology was reaffirmed.

The presidents discussed in detail developments in the conflict zone around Nagorno-Karabakh. Vladimir Putin informed his counterpart about the steps being taken to prevent the further escalation of hostilities and the prompt resumption of negotiations with a view to a political and diplomatic settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The importance of observing the ceasefire agreements by the parties to the conflict reached on October 10 and 17 was stressed.

Interest in continuing close coordination between Russia and France as co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as through the UN Security Council, was emphasised.

It was agreed to maintain contact at various levels.

October 20, 2020