French and Russian leaders hail operational launch of special dialogue

Russia – Meeting (by video conference) between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 26 June 2020

The President had a video conference meeting this afternoon with Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.

Following the celebrations in Russia of the victory against Nazism, the French President paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the peoples of the Soviet Union during the Second World War, to the 27 million civilian and military victims, and to the memory of the populations of Eastern Europe who were subject, in those dark times of our continent’s history, to unbearable violence.

He also expressed France’s support and solidarity vis-à-vis Russia in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and its health, economic and social consequences. The two presidents emphasized the need to bolster international cooperation.

This in-depth, substantial discussion provided an opportunity to review the dialogue of confidence and security begun nearly a year ago during the Russian President’s visit to France. The French President emphasized his commitment to that dialogue, which has become only more relevant with the pandemic-linked acceleration of the restructuring of global balances and with the assertion of European sovereignty.

The two heads of State welcomed the operational launch of this dialogue, despite the difficulties linked to the health situation, and endorsed the creation of several working groups to achieve concrete progress, including on issues of strategic stability and security on the European continent, on sovereignty technologies and on arms control.

With 26 June marking the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Charter of San Francisco, the two heads of State agreed to pursue their shared commitment with a view to a summit of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, in order to rebuild unity and convergence within that decisive forum for international peace and security.

On Libya, the Head of State highlighted the need to halt the dangerous spiral of foreign interference and the importance of very swiftly consolidating the work begun to bring about a ceasefire, the resumption of the 5+5 military dialogue, and the renewal of political dialogue under the aegis of the United Nations.

On Ukraine, the French President emphasized the importance of quickly relaunching the implementation of the road map agreed on in Paris at the Normandy-format summit of 9 December 2019.

On Syria, the Head of State stressed in particular his concern about the humanitarian situation, aggravated by the pandemic, and the necessity, in this regard, of protecting cross-border mechanisms under the aegis of the United Nations in order to address the urgent needs of civilians.

At bilateral level, the two heads of State agreed to continue the good momentum in revitalizing cooperation projects under way and to strengthen them in the areas of health, environmental and biodiversity protection, and culture. They also signalled their commitment to the dialogue established between our civil societies./.

Published on 30/06/2020

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