September 8, 2019 / 6:34 PM / 9 days ago

Macron, Putin discussed Ukraine, Iran by phone

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron reacts after his meeting with Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Sunday ahead of a meeting of the joint Franco-Russian Council on security issues scheduled for Monday in Moscow, the French presidency said in a statement.

They also discussed a recent prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia, agreeing that gave momentum for a summit of the so-called “Normandy” group - France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine - to discuss issues between Kiev and Moscow, the statement said.

They also discussed global frictions over Iran and expressed the wish that all parties seek to reduce them, it said.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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