Macron is on the phone with Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for the first time in months. The talks took place at the initiative of the French side, according to a Kremlin press release.
According to the statement, the heads of state’s phone call was devoted to the situation in Ukraine. Macron and Putin stressed the importance of sending an IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye NPP as soon as possible to assess the real situation on the ground. In addition, the Russian President confirmed Moscow’s willingness to provide the inspectors with the necessary assistance during their visit. He stressed that the shelling of the area of the nuclear power plant by the Ukrainian military poses a risk of catastrophe.
Putin also reminded Macron of the invitation to experts from the UN Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit the Yelenovka prison camp, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed as a result of a Ukrainian attack.
Putin also briefed the French leader on the implementation of the grain deal signed on July 22. He drew Macron’s attention to the existing obstacles to Russian exports, which do not contribute to the solution of food security issues. The two Presidents then agreed to continue their contact on the issues raised and others.
Most recently, Putin and Macron spoke to each other during a trilateral phone call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on May 28. The last bilateral talks between the heads of state of Russia and France took place on May 3rd.