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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a phone conversation about the results of the Russia-US summit, the Kremlin said.

    "At the request of the federal chancellor, the Russian president informed about the main results of the Russian-US summit in Geneva on 16 June", the Kremlin said in a statement, adding the two leaders also agreed on further personal contacts.

    The Russian president also told Merkel that ensuring the security of the European continent was possible only through joint efforts.

    "[The president] stated that overcoming mutual enmity and reconciliation of the Russian and German peoples had been of key importance for the fate of post-war Europe. Even now, ensuring the security of our common continent was possible only through joint efforts", the statement says.

    Putin and Biden held their first in-person meeting at the lakeside Villa La Grange in Geneva on 16 June. The two leaders covered a wide range of issues concerning strategic stability, cybersecurity and regional matters, including Ukraine and Afghanistan, among others.

    Putin, Merkel Stress Importance of Preserving Memory of Great Patriotic War

    In their phone conversation, the Russian and German leaders also stressed the importance of preserving the historical memory of the tragic events of the Great Patriotic War.

    Merkel expressed her feelings of empathy over the troubles and suffering caused by the war unleashed by the Nazis.

    Vladimir Putin said that Russia appreciated the participation of Angela Merkel and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in commemorative events in Germany, the statement added.

    22 June marks the 80th anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. The ensuing war claimed the lives of nearly 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians.

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    Russia, Germany, summit, Great Patriotic War
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