Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel concern over Ukraine’s escalation of the situation in Donbas. This was announced on March 30 by the Kremlin press service following a video conference of the leaders.
“The Russian side expressed serious concern over the escalation of the armed confrontation on the contact line provoked by Ukraine and the actual refusal to implement the“ Additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire regime, ”agreed in July 2020 in the contact group,” the press service of the President of the Russian Federation said in a statement. …
As noted in the Kremlin, the leaders’ political advisers will continue to work together in this area.
The leaders of Russia, Germany, and France exchanged views in detail on the situation in Ukraine, the report says. At the same time, as noted in the press service of the Russian leader, the lack of alternative to the 2015 Minsk agreements was confirmed: “as the basis for the settlement of the internal conflict in this country.”
“The President of Russia stressed the importance of the Kyiv authorities fulfilling all the agreements previously reached at the highest level, primarily on establishing a direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk and settling the legal aspects of the special status of Donbas,” the message added.
The situation in Donbas escalated on March 26, when four servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed in the vicinity of the village of Shumy. Kyiv accused the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic of this, in Donetsk they denied their involvement in the shelling. Later, the DPR People’s Militia Department stated that the Ukrainian military was blown up by an explosive device while examining minefields.
The leaders also discussed the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Particular attention is paid to the task of joining efforts in the fight against a common threat – the coronavirus pandemic. In this context, the leaders focused on measures to prevent the further spread of the disease, ”the Kremlin said.
The press service emphasized that “they touched upon, in particular, the prospects for registration in the European Union of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, as well as possible supplies and joint production of this drug in the EU countries”.
On March 21, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said that the European Union does not need the Sputnik V vaccine. Commenting on such statements regarding the Russian drug, Putin stressed that Russia does not impose its drugs on anyone, but such statements from the EU make one think that European officials defend the interests of individual companies and not citizens of the European Union.
The Kremlin also previously stated that it absolutely disagrees with Macron, who on March 25 spoke of the alleged use of the coronavirus vaccines by the Russian Federation and China as an instrument of influence. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that Russia is a responsible member of the international community and does not have any aspirations to politicize vaccine topics and to use the vaccine as an instrument of influence.
On March 4, the European Medicines Agency announced the start of the examination procedure for the Sputnik V vaccine. According to forecasts, registration can be completed by the end of May.