French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend Normandy Four Summit in Paris, France, Dec. 9, 2019. Ukraine and Russia agreed on a full and comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine before the end of 2019, leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany announced in Paris on Monday evening following their talks called Normandy Four Summit. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend Normandy Four Summit in Paris, France, Dec. 9, 2019. Ukraine and Russia agreed on a full and comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine before the end of 2019, leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany announced in Paris on Monday evening following their talks called Normandy Four Summit. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held a phone conversation on Saturday, discussing the escalation of tensions in the Syrian region of Idlib, the Kremlin said in a statement.

“The presidents continued their exchange of views on Syria, with a focus on the escalation of tensions in Idlib. Vladimir Putin told the French president about steps taken to fight terrorists in northwestern Syria,” the statement said.

In addition, the humanitarian situation in the area was discussed, it said.

According to the statement, Putin noted that all relevant aspects of the Syrian settlement are to be substantively discussed in Moscow during the Russian-Turkish summit planned in the coming days. Enditem

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