Putin and Merkel discuss Syria and Nord Stream 2

Putin and Merkel discuss Syria and Nord Stream 2

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held a telephone conversation, the Kremlin said.

"The importance was emphasized for thorough and impartial investigation by the OPCW in Syria," the statement runs.

"Both parties expressed the readiness to promote the resumption of political and diplomatic efforts over the Syrian dossier, including those on the Geneva and Astana platforms, and to go ahead with bilateral contacts along these lines," the Kremlin said.

According to the statement, Putin stressed the actions by a group of Western countries, which committed an act of aggression against Syria, grossly violated the norms of international law, including the UN Charter, and substantially damaged the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis.

The sides pointed to the importance of a thorough and impartial investigation by the OPCW mission, which is currently in Syria.

Putin and Merkel expressed willingness to facilitate the resumption of the political and diplomatic efforts on the Syrian dossier, including on the Geneva and Astana platforms, and continue bilateral contacts on the issue.

The parties also exchanged views on the issues related to the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project.

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