Putin and Macron discuss EU-Belarus migrant crisis and Ukraine by phone
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, during which the two leaders discussed, among other things, the EU-Belarus migrant crisis and the situation in Ukraine.
While discussing the situation on the border between Belarus and the EU, Putin spoke on Tuesday in favor of a direct dialogue between representatives of EU member states and Minsk, the Kremlin said.
“The fact that Poland and the Baltic States violate their international obligations to protect the rights of refugees and that the migration crisis must be overcome in accordance with humanitarian law was noted,” he added.
Putin and Macron also exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine, where the Russian leader “provided specific examples of Kiev violations of the Minsk accords, which is the only viable way to overcome the internal crisis in Ukraine”.
“It was also noted that the Ukrainian authorities are deliberately worsening the situation on the line of contact, and doing so with the complicity of a number of Western countries,” the Kremlin said, adding that Ukraine was supplied with arms. modern technology, which poses a direct threat to Russian security, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Putin stressed the importance of international negotiations aimed at developing legally enunciated guarantees to prevent NATO’s further eastward expansion and the deployment of weapons that threaten Russia in neighboring states, mainly the Ukraine.
The leaders also discussed cooperation in combating the coronavirus pandemic and the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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