8 May 2020 12:19

Putin and Merkel confirm intention to extend mutual assistance in fighting Covid-19

MOSCOW. May 8 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held a telephone call, the Kremlin press service said.

"Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel exchanged greetings on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe and the world from fascism. This date carries special, symbolic importance both for Russia and Germany. The sides stressed the importance of safeguarding the historical memory of those tragic events. Specifically, they expressed confidence that both countries will never forget the German patriots who selflessly fought against the Nazi regime," it said.

"The sides noted that today Russia and Germany are partners in tackling a large number of key international problems. They also confirmed their determination to build bilateral relations in a constructive manner," the press service said.

"During an exchange of opinions on the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the sides expressed their intention to extend mutual assistance and continue their existing close cooperation in countering the spread of this infection," it said.