The two presidents discussed the situation in Syria after the missile strikes by the United States and its allies. The Russian President stressed that the campaign, which was an extremely grave violation of international law, resulted in extra complications of the political settlement of the Syrian crisis. In this context, the parties noted the importance of the OPCW experts’ mission in Syria.
President Putin and President Macron agreed to continue joint efforts by Russian and French representatives in order to resume the peace talks based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and in view of the outcome of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi.
Vladimir Putin informed his counterpart about the steps being taken by Russia, including in cooperation with its partners in the Astana format, to relieve the humanitarian situation in Syria.
Indicatively, the Russian and French presidents spoke out in support of further implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with respect to Iran’s nuclear programme, an important factor in ensuring international security.
The presidents also addressed some topical matters of Russian-French relations in view of Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming visit to Russia in May.