Putin, Merkel to discuss implementation of Minsk agreements in meeting in Moscow

The main issues addressed in the negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which will take place on Sunday, will be bilateral relations, Russia-EU interaction, and the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

"Naturally, it will probably be primarily bilateral Russian-German relations and the relations between Russia and the European Union and, of course, the situation with the implementation of the Minsk agreements - these are the issues that will be [addressed]," Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov told reporters before the top-level bilateral negotiations.

According to earlier reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow on Sunday. The main issue addressed in the negotiations will be the crisis in Ukraine.

Despite the fact that Merkel will visit Moscow to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Merkel chose not to attend the parade on the Red Square on May 9, but offered to the Russian president to lay down wreaths of flowers to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider the next day. The ceremony will be followed by top-level negotiations.

Three months have now passed since the latest meeting between Putin and Merkel, which was held in Minsk on February 11-12. The most recent phone conversation between the presidents of Russia, France, Ukraine and the German chancellor took place on April 30.

"Naturally, the situation in Ukraine will be one of the main issues addressed in the negotiations with the German chancellor," Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov told reporters earlier.

He emphasized that Russia and Germany "support strict observance y Kyiv and the southeastern regions of Ukraine of the Minsk agreements."

The Minks agreements were reached following two-day negotiations between the "Normandy four" leaders in Minsk. The leaders then adopted a set of measures aimed at implementing the presidents' plan. The main result of the Minsk II meeting was a relative ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine.

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