In line with a previous agreement, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande.
The leaders continued exchanging views on the development of the crisis in Ukraine. In particular, Mr Putin expressed grave concern about Kiev’s continuing military operation in southeast Ukraine. Hope was expressed that the Kiev leadership’s assurances of intention to end the violence and launch a national dialogue will be implemented immediately.
The heads of state and government also discussed possible consequences following Kiev’s disruption of talks on settling debt for Russian gas supplies on Europe’s economy and energy security.