The discussion of current developments in Ukraine continued, including in the context of another round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives that concluded today in Istanbul.
Special consideration was given to humanitarian issues. The President of Russia informed his counterpart about the measures taken by Russian military personnel to provide emergency humanitarian aid and ensure the safe evacuation of civilians, including from Mariupol. It was emphasised that in order to resolve the difficult humanitarian situation in that city, Ukrainian nationalist militants must stop resisting and lay down their weapons.
Issues related to the decision to switch to ruble payments for Russian natural gas deliveries, in particular to the EU countries, were also touched on.
It was agreed to maintain contact.