Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel 2020-04-22 16:15:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel at the German side’s initiative. The discussion focused on countering the coronavirus pandemic. The two leaders stressed the importance of closely coordinated international efforts in this area with the active involvement of the World Health Organisation. They agreed to maintain bilateral contacts between relevant ministries. The settlement of the intra-Ukrainian conflict was discussed in detail. The two leaders praised the recent prisoner exchange between Kiev and the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. They emphasised that consistent implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures and decisions made at the Normandy format summit was necessary. It was noted, in particular, that the Ukrainian authorities should fulfil their commitments regarding the political aspect of the settlement process, including the formalisation of the special status of Donbass in Ukrainian law. The two leaders also touched upon the developments in Syria and Libya as well as the current situation on the global oil market.