Putin, Merkel discuss East Ukraine, gas supplies, Libya

MESEBERG (GERMANY), Aug. 18, 2018 (Xinhua) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference at the Schloss Meseberg, north of Berlin, Germany, on Aug. 18, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in north of Berlin on Saturday, with the topics ranging from Syria, Ukraine, Iran as well as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi/IANS)

Moscow, Dec 30 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday discussed by telephone the exchange of prisoners in east Ukraine, Russian gas supplies to Europe and the situation in Libya.

The two leaders gave a positive assessment of the “all for all” prisoner swap that took place in the Donetsk region on Sunday, said a Kremlin press release.

Putin and Merkel also discussed issues of cooperation in the gas sector, confirming the readiness for further support of the Nord Stream 2 project, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Progress was noted in negotiations on the continuation of Russian gas transit through Ukraine after January 1, 2020, the Kremlin said.

Regarding the situation in Libya, the expediency of making political and diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, including the mediation of Germany and the UN, was emphasized, according to the Kremlin.

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