Putin, Macron call for “active efforts” to normalize situation in Libya

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MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed in a phone call the ongoing fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh and expressed their concern about the involvement of extremists from Syria and Libya in the conflict, the Kremlin press office said on Saturday.

“While discussing Nagorno-Karabakh, they expressed deep concern about the ongoing large-scale hostilities in the conflict zone and increasing involvement of extremists arriving from Syria and Libya into it,” the statement says.

“The presidents exchanged in-depth views concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis and reached an agreement that the hostilities need to be brought to an end so as to ensure return to negotiations on a realistic basis,” the Elysee Palace said. Paris pointed out that the main goal was “to ensure the further stay of the Armenian population in that region and also to put an end to sufferings of the civilian population.”

According to the Kremlin, Putin informed Macron in detail about steps taken by Russia to achieve a ceasefire at the soonest possible time and to resume talks. “They confirmed mutual determination to continue the coordinated mediation efforts of Russia and France, including within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group,” it said.

Putin and Macron also discussed efforts to stabilize the situation in Libya. “[The two presidents] pointed out how close the positions and assessments of Russia and France are in regard to Libya. Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron called for more active efforts to swiftly normalize the situation in that country,” the Kremlin press office said.


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