Kremlin elaborates on issues Trump, Putin discussed over phone Nov 21

23:30, 21 November 2017
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Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday stated that there was "no alternative" to Minsk agreements for the Donbas settlement, the Kremlin press service has told UNIAN.

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As the parties discussed the crisis in eastern Ukraine, “the president of Russia drew attention to the lack of a real alternative to the unconditional implementation of Minsk agreements of February 12, 2015," the report said.

It is also reported that the current Syrian issue has been discussed in view of the soon-to-be-over military “operation to destroy terrorists” in Syria. In particular, Putin stressed the readiness to actively promote a long-term political settlement in this country - based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254, in line with the agreements reached in the Astana format, and the provisions of the Joint Statement approved by the presidents of Russia and the United States on November 11 at the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.

It was stated, in particular, that this statement saw a positive reaction in the Middle East.

Putin also informed Trump about the main results of the November 20 meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, where the Syrian leader “reaffirmed his commitment to the political process, constitutional reform, as well as presidential and parliamentary elections.”

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Also, Putin and Trump exchanged views on the Korean peninsula, stressing the expediency of seeking a solution to the problem through negotiations and diplomatic means.

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Both sides “expressed satisfaction” with the conversation which the Kremlin called “businesslike and informative”.

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