German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed preparations for the Normandy Four summit during a telephone conversation, reports RIA news agency, citing the spokesperson of the German Cabinet Steffen Seibert.
"The main topic of their talk was the preparations to hold the Normandy Four summit as soon as possible. Also, they discussed the situation in Syria and Libya, as well as ongoing negotiations on the continuation of gas transit through Ukraine," said Seibert.
Earlier, Russia refused to discuss the Crimea during the Normandy Four talks. Prutin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin "has carefully analyzed the main statements" of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his "press marathon."