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    Putin, Merkel, Macron Discuss Ukraine Settlement on Sidelines of G20 Summit

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    According to Kremlin press service, Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel discussed the conflict in Ukraine and its settlement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russian President Vladimir Putin, his French Counterpart, Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflict in Ukraine and its settlement during a working breakfast on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Saturday, the Kremlin press service said in a statement.

    "The situation in Ukraine and the ways of the [conflict's] settlement were discussed," the statement said.

    Vladimir Putin comprehensibly explained on Saturday the Russian position on Ukraine to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

    "The president explained the Russian position to the interlocutors briefly but comprehensibly, as he always does," Peskov said.

    Russia, Germany and France along with Ukraine are members of the so-called Normandy Four format seeking the political settlement of the Ukrainian conflict erupted in 2014 after the overthrow of then President Viktor Yanukovych.

    Early on Friday, the G20 summit kicked off in the German port city of Hamburg, bringing together the leaders of major world countries and developing economies.

     

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