Syria issues were discussed in the context of the developments in Eastern Ghouta and ensuring humanitarian access to that and other regions of Syria. Satisfaction was expressed with the fact that on February 24, 2018 the UN Security Council Resolution 2401 was agreed upon and adopted thanks to joint constructive work. The parties stressed the importance of continuing joint efforts in the interests of full and prompt implementation of that resolution’s provisions.
Vladimir Putin spoke about practical steps undertaken by the Russian side on evacuating civilians, delivering humanitarian aid and providing medical assistance to the affected population of Syria. Special attention was drawn to the fact that cessation of hostilities shall not apply to operations directed against terrorist groups.
An agreement was reached to bolster the exchange of information via different channels on the situation in Syria.