French Macron and Russia’s Putin examine Syria, Ukraine issues on phone call

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French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has discussed the Syrian settlement and several other Ukraine-related issues on Wednesday, over a phone call.

According to news reports, in an official statement, the Kremlin said the two president had examined the issues related to the Syrian settlement in much details, as a part of a four-party agreement over the formation of a constitutional committee.

During a summit held in Istanbul on October 27, Russian president, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to plan to set up a Syrian constitutional committee. Thus, the talks between French and Russian president held was based on the plan.

In an official statement released by French president’s office, Macron has said the France’s priority in Syria was to fight and battle against the Islamic State militants in the country with an aim to end the terrorist groups, ISIS, and countering resurgence of terrorism in the country.

The French presidency said: “This fight is not over and continues on the ground as part of the international coalition.”

According to French statement, Macron also said the country remains committed to the issue of Syrian political settlement in a framework of the United Nations security council resolution 2254, the only possible way of a stability, protecting civilians from war and peace effort.

According to French statement, over the Ukraine issue, Macron has welcomed an agreement, reached on December 27, 2018, for the re-commitment to a ceasefire and has called for its full and long-lasting respect.

The Kremlin said both presidents has exchanged their views on the Ukrainian crisis, followed by an incident of November 25 in Kerch Strait.


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