Putin, Merkel, Macron hold trilateral consultations

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Russian, German, French leaders discuss use of Sputnik V vaccine in Europe, Ukrainian crisis, Navalny case.

Russian, German and French leaders discussed the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, use of the Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in the EU, and the EU-Russia relations at a video conference held on Tuesday.

Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron focused on the measures that would prevent further spread of the coronavirus, the Kremlin said in a statement.

“The prospects for the registration of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in the European Union, as well as its possible supplies and joint production in the EU countries, were discussed,” the statement said.

The heads of the three countries also discussed matters related to the Russia-EU relations, the Kremlin said, adding Putin said his country is ready to normalize relations whenever the EU is ready.

Merkel and Macron asked Putin about the case against opposition figure Alexey Navalny and got “appropriate explanations of the objective circumstances of the case”.

Speaking about the Ukrainian crisis, Putin voiced concern over a possible escalation at the contact line in Donbass.

The three leaders agreed that the Minsk Agreement on Donbas remains the only possible way to settle the Ukrainian crisis and that further work in this direction will continue at the level of political advisors.

Turning to Belarus, Putin stressed the “inadmissibility of external interference” in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

The three leaders welcomed the stabilization in Libya, and also discussed the situation in Syria.

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