President welcomes Russia’s return of three Ukrainian ships
Russia – Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Russian President Vladimir Putin – Press release issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 18 November 2019
The French President today spoke on the telephone to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
Among other things, the discussion focused on preparations for the Normandy-format summit in Paris on 9 December 2019, which will bring together the heads of state and government of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine. The French President had previously spoken about the issue to the President of Ukraine, during a telephone conversation on Friday 15 November, and to the Chancellor of Germany.
The President also welcomed the announcement of the return to Ukraine of the three ships seized during the incident on 25 November 2018 near the Kerch Strait. The gesture was expected and helps strengthen trust in the dialogue between Russia and Ukraine./.