“The president of the Republic has discussed the Ukrainian crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this morning, following his yesterday’s meeting with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin. Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel gave their evaluation to the emerging prospects of progress,” the statement said.
Hollande made a surprise visit to Moscow on Saturday and held a short meeting with his counterpart Vladimir Putin. The sides have focused on the Ukrainian crisis, Iranian nuclear program and the situation in Iraq and Syria. The suspension of the French-made Mistral-class helicopter carriers' delivery to Russia, ordered by Hollande, was not discussed by the two leaders, according to Putin.