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Kremlin attributes Putin’s intensive global contacts to geopolitical climate

May 18, 13:30 UTC+3 SOCHI

On May 17, the Russian leader met with Syrian President Bashar Assad

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SOCHI, May 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intense international working contacts of late are tied to the challenging geopolitical situation and the intention to actively develop bilateral relations, Acting Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.

Touching on the growing number of talks between the Russian president and his foreign counterparts, Peskov said: "The geopolitical situation is rather uneasy in general." Besides, "Russia has been actively developing bilateral relations with its partners and searching for mutually beneficial relations based on the principles of respecting the interests of each other and all countries which are ready to follow this formula," he said.

According to Peskov, Putin has stated many times that he "backs this kind of relations, which first and foremost have the goal of creating favorable environment for fulfilling our domestic economic and social plans."

Since his inauguration for a new presidential term, Putin has held several bilateral meetings with foreign leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Putin also held talks on the sidelines of the Eurasian Economic Union’s summit in Sochi with leaders of its member-states, including Armenia’s new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

On Thursday, the Russian leader met with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Later on Friday, Putin is scheduled to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the near future, Putin is also due to hold negotiations with French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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