Vladimir Putin met with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
Mr Putin And Ms Merkel had a detailed discussion of the Syrian settlement. Having noted the ongoing efforts to form a constitutional committee following the recent meeting in the Astana format and in the context of the discussions that took place during the four-party summit in Istanbul, they expressed hope that in the foreseeable future it will be possible to start establishing the committee and coordinating all the necessary representatives.
During the meeting, the President of Russia also gave a comprehensive explanation of the border incident in the Kerch Strait and emphasised that it was a provocation staged in the run-up to the election in Ukraine.
The meeting took place in the format of a working breakfast.