Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his French colleague Emmanuel Macron in Paris on next Monday, the Kremlin has announced.
According to the statement released from Kremlin, Putin’s visit to France will be an opportunity to: “discuss the state and the prospects of development of Russo-French relations in political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.”
Putin and Macron should also discuss the most important global topics, including the fight against terrorism, Syria and Ukraine.
Emmanuel Macron took office as President on May 14, after defeating Front National’s Marine Le Pen in the Presidential election run-off. During the campaign, Macron’s camp accused prominent Russian media of a “systematic desire to issue fake news and false information.”
Le Pen, on the other hand, met with Putin in the Kremlin during the election campaign, and was widely seen as a Russian favorite to succeed Francois Hollande. Russia denied any involvement in the French election and supported neither candidate.
Macron, however, enjoyed a strong backing from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, high-ranking EU officials, as well as former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Putin’s visit to Paris will be one of Macron’s first high-profile meetings with world leaders. Just a day after his inauguration, Macron meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and the two leaders agreed to strengthen the Eurozone and the cooperation between the two countries.
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