Also politicians discussed the situation in Syria.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Angela Merkel) during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, December 28, urged him to release from custody Ukrainian sailors that were captured by the Russian side in Kerch Strait in November 2018, reported by the official representative of the German government Demmer Ulrike (Ulrike Demmer) on his page in the microblog Twitter.
In addition, Merkel and Putin discussed the situation in war-torn Syria, agreed in opinion that the process of political settlement in this country requires “vigorous promotion”. The topics of their conversations were also announced by the US President Donald trump the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and the establishment of the Committee drafting Syrian Constitution.
Earlier, Merkel together with the President of France Emmanuel Macron expressed concern about the conflict in the Kerch Strait and the violation of human rights in Russia-annexed Crimea. In a joint statement, they demanded “safe, free and unimpeded passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait, as well as the immediate and unconditional release of illegally detained Ukrainian sailors.”
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