Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel 2020-05-08 11:50:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel exchanged greetings on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe and the world from Nazism. For both Russia and Germany, this date is symbolic and special. The two leaders emphasised the importance of preserving the historical memory of those tragic events. In particular, they expressed confidence that both countries will never forget about the German patriots who selflessly fought against the Nazi regime. Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel agreed that Russia and Germany are partners in dealing with many current international issues. They reaffirmed their commitment to building constructive bilateral relations. While exchanging opinions on developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two leaders expressed their readiness to provide mutual assistance and continue the existing close cooperation in counteracting the spread of the coronavirus.