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19 May 201713:58

Press Release on consultations between First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov and State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Markus Ederer

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First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov held consultations with State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Markus Ederer in Berlin on May 18.

Following the Sochi talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on May 2, the sides had an in-depth discussion on a broad range of issues concerning the Russian-German agenda. The officials also emphasised the high dynamics of political contacts, inter-regional and inter-departmental ties, intensified bilateral cooperation in trade and the economy, energy, cultural, humanitarian and historical domains as well as memorial areas.

As for European security and the fight against international terrorism, the sides agreed on the need to resume the work of the Russian-German High-Level Work Group on security policy. The officials decided to coordinate efforts to gradually revive this important bilateral format.

The diplomats expressed satisfaction with the Russian-German Year of Youth Exchange. The 14th Conference of the Russian and German Partner Cities due to take place in Krasnodar between June 28-30 will open the 2017-2018 Russian-German Year of Regional Municipal Partnerships under the aegis of the two countries’ foreign ministers.

The parties also exchanged opinions on key international issues, including the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, cooperation within the Normandy format, promoting the peace process in Syria and Libya, and reinvigorating the Middle East settlement. The sides also expressed mutual commitment to closer coordinating their countries’ activities within international organisations.

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