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Telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron

November 16, 2020

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

The presidents discussed the developments around Nagorno-Karabakh, considering that Russia and France are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. Vladimir Putin informed his counterpart about the active mediation efforts Russia had taken that made it possible to stop the bloodshed and avoid new victims, as well as about the deployment of Russian peacekeeping troops along the line of contact and the Lachin corridor. It was noted that the statement by the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia of November 9 is being implemented, and the general situation in the region has stabilised.

After expressing their readiness to coordinate work between the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France and the US – the presidents emphasised the importance of addressing urgent humanitarian issues, including returning refugees to their permanent homes, ensuring normal living conditions for the population, restoring the infrastructure, and preserving Christian temples and monasteries. In this context, Vladimir Putin informed about the establishment of the Russian Humanitarian Response Centre.

The two leaders touched upon certain issues of bilateral cooperation, including in the sphere of joint efforts to counter the terrorist threat. They praised the talks between French Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin and heads of specialised Russian agencies held in Moscow on November 11–12.

November 16, 2020