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Macron and Merkel held talks with Putin

The politicians discussed the situation in Donbas, the Minsk agreements, and the possibility of a new Normandy summit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the Kremlin press service on Monday, October 11.

The Kremlin continues to refer to the war in Donbas as an "internal Ukrainian conflict" and says that it has allegedly become a topic of discussion for politicians.

All three interlocutors noted the importance of implementing the Minsk agreements as a non-alternative basis for resolving the situation in Donbas.

"The interest in further coordination of the efforts of Russia, Germany, and France in the Normandy format was also stressed," the Kremlin press service added.

For his part, Putin claims that the Ukrainian authorities are alleged: "stubbornly evading the implementation of both their obligations under the Minsk agreements and the agreements reached at previous Normandy summits, including in Paris."

Following the talks, the interlocutors instructed them to continue discussing the possibility of holding a summit of the Normandy quartet leaders.

"The foreign ministers (of the Quartet countries) will work towards holding a meeting in this format at their level. It was also agreed to continue studying the prerequisites for the possible organization of a Normandy summit in case of expediency," the Kremlin said in a statement.

The leaders also instructed their political advisors and foreign ministries to intensify contacts and work along the lines of the Normandy quartet.

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