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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Confers With Chirac, Merkel

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday spoke over the phone with French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Middle East situation and other issues, the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin press service said Putin and Chirac "discussed acute international issues, paying special attention to the situation in the Middle East."

"Both sides underlined the need to coordinate actions of the international community to provide humanitarian, financial and political assistance to the normalization of the situation and advancing the process of Mideast settlement," the statement said without elaboration. It said that the two leaders also discussed preparations for the summit of the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations set for July in St. Petersburg.

The Kremlin said that Putin also had a detailed discussion of the Mideast situation in a phone conversation with Merkel.