MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has talked to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over the phone, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, but did not provide any details of the conversation.
"The president is working in Moscow today; a telephone conversation with Macron recently ended," the Kremlin spokesman said. He promised to inform mass media on details of the conversation later, because "time is needed to formulate [the message.]"
Peskov earlier confirmed that preparations for Macron’s visit to Russia in May continue.
The leaders may discuss the Ukrainian settlement among other issues. Moscow and Paris are taking part in the Normandy Format (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine. In late March, the Normandy Four leaders adopted a statement in which they welcomed the agreement on the ceasefire in Ukraine over the Easter holiday, as well as stated that they "will study possible ways of a speedy execution of the [Minsk] accords in the months to come."
Another question has recently emerged in relations between Moscow and Paris over the poisoning case of former Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate Sergei Skripal charged in Russia with spying. Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Francois Delattre confirmed on Thursday that Paris is taking part in the work of British investigators on the Skripals’ case and is ready to provide any help. Earlier, Moscow was surprised with France’s participation in the investigation.