Telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel 2018-12-28 22:20:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel. The two leaders extensively discussed the Syrian conflict with a focus on the implementation of decisions reached by the four-party summit (Russia – Turkey – Germany – France), which took place on October 27 in Istanbul. Vladimir Putin stressed that the work organised by the guarantor states of the Astana process to compile a list of members of the Constitutional Committee creates conditions for a long-term and stable settlement in Syria. Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel also discussed the plans of the United States to withdraw its troops from Syria. Additionally, they exchanged opinions on developments following the Ukrainian provocation in the Kerch Strait on November 25. Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel wished each other a happy New Year and agreed to continue their contacts.