As part of coordinating the actions of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, during which the two leaders discussed certain issues related to the upcoming trilateral meeting of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia scheduled to take place on January 11 in Moscow. Given the consistent implementation of the joint Statement of November 9, 2020, and the stabilisation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, it was noted that at the upcoming meeting its participants will focus primarily on outlining the next steps to establish peace in the region.
The President of France expressed his support for Russia’s efforts to facilitate settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh. He also emphasised the importance of a prompt provision of humanitarian aid to people who have suffered from combat operations, including through relevant international organisations.
Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron congratulated each other on Christmas and New Year holidays.
It was agreed to maintain contacts at various levels.