Dhaka August 20 2022 :
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, at the French side’s initiative on August 19, 2022.
The discussion focused on various aspects of the situation around Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that the regular strikes on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant by the Ukrainian military creates the danger of a major nuclear disaster that could lead to radiation contamination of vast territories.
Both leaders noted the importance of sending an IAEA mission to the power plant as soon as possible to allow experts to assess the situation on the ground.
The Russian side confirmed its readiness to provide the necessary assistance to the agency’s inspectors.
Vladimir Putin also reminded the other party that Russia had invited experts from the UN Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the pre-trial detention centre in Yelenovka, where a large number of Ukrainian prisoners of war died following a missile strike by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The President of Russia also informed the French leader about the progress of the package deal signed on July 22 in Istanbul to facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports and the export of Russian food and fertilisers to world markets.
He pointed out the remaining obstacles to the above Russian exports, adding that the situation is doing little to resolve global food security problems.
The presidents of Russia and France agreed to maintain contact on the issues raised.
Dhaka August 20 2022 :
Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Chairperson of the Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova. She briefed the President on preparations for the upcoming election campaign on August 19, 2022 in Sochi.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Ms Pamfilova, the elections will be held in September, and campaigning has essentially already begun. How is everything going?
Chairperson of the Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova: It is in full swing, proceeding normally and without any kind of malfunction to date.
But since we are taking a big test with voters looking on, of course, our main goal remains as important as ever – from election to election, to increase confidence in elections themselves and in the electoral system as a whole. Because this is a guarantee of legitimacy and, as a result, stability in the country.
Despite all the current challenges, we still consistently defend our main principle – that elections should be as open and transparent as possible. I want to honestly say that our transparency and openness is much higher than in those unfriendly countries that consider themselves democratic. That is the truth.
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