President welcomes latest exchange of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners.
Russia – Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.
Paris, 8 September 2019
President Macron spoke on the telephone today with his Russian counterpart.
This discussion, on the eve of the meeting of the Security Cooperation Council in Moscow, provided an opportunity to clarify the main aspects of the work being undertaken by the French and Russian foreign and defence ministers.
President Macron also took this opportunity to welcome the latest exchange of prisoners that had taken place the day before between Russia and Ukraine. The two presidents confirmed that the current momentum would make it possible to hold, within the next few weeks, a summit in the Normandy format in Paris, in order to make progress on implementing the Minsk agreements.
Lastly, President Macron and his Russian counterpart discussed the issue of Iran and expressed the hope that all parties concerned would now take the necessary political decisions to ease tensions.
President Macron and the Russian President agreed to continue their discussions, after the meeting of the Security Cooperation Council, on the basis of the joint strategic road map, which will be monitored, on the French side, by Ambassador of France Pierre Vimont