MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation on the global oil market in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The leaders "focused on the issues related to the situation unfolding in Syria and Libya, as well as the current state of affairs on the global oil market" during the conversation, the Kremlin’s press service reported on Wednesday.
They also hashed over measures to counter coronavirus spread, the Kremlin press service informed. "Particular attention was placed on issues of fighting the coronavirus pandemic," the press service noted.
The sides underscored the importance of close coordination of international effort in this regard with the active participation of the World Health Organization (WHO). The phone call was held at the German side’s initiative.
The leaders praised the latest prisoner swap between Kiev and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, according to the Kremlin. "The sides welcomed the prisoner swap recently carried out between Kiev, the DPR and LPR," the press service said in a statement after the phone conversation.
Putin and Merkel discussed the Ukrainian conflict settlement in detail. They emphasized the need to fully implement the Minsk 2 peace deal and the solutions reached at the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) summits. "The sides noted in particular that the Ukrainian authorities should meet their commitments on political aspects of the settlement, including by passing laws on confirming a special status of Donbass."
The phone call was held at the German side’s initiative.
Last Thursday, the Donbass republics and Kiev carried out a prisoner swap, the first in 2020. The exchange took place several days before Easter as agreed at the latest meeting of the Contact Group on ironing out the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
A total of 34 people have returned home. Kiev handed ten people over to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and another four to the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). In its turn, the DPR released nine people and the LPR set free 11 people. However, the total number of released detainees was less than expected. Four detainees on the LPR’s list refused to return to the republic citing family reasons.