17 Apr 2020 16:22

Putin, Macron discuss possibility of virtual working meeting among heads of UNSC permanent member states

MOSCOW. April 17 (Interfax) - French President Emmanuel Macron has called Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone, the Kremlin press service said in a statement on Friday.

"The possibility of arranging a virtual working meeting of the leaders of the UN Security Council's permanent member states has been discussed," the statement said.

"While exchanging views on the coronavirus pandemic, the heads of state informed one another of the measures being taken by Russia and France, in particular, to minimize the negative socioeconomic impact," it said.

"Emmanuel Macron expressed gratitude for assistance in the repatriation of French citizens and the provision of transport of medical goods and equipment to France across Russian territory," the statement said.

The parties expressed a desire to preserve the existing dynamics of bilateral cooperation and noted the importance of established contact between the two heads of government.

"Some other global affairs, including the settlement of the Ukrainian domestic conflict, were also touched upon," the statement said.