The Kremlin is preparing for the upcoming visit of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to Paris, where he is expected to meet with his French counterpart Francois Hollande. The journalists said the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
Earlier Hollande in an interview for the TV channel TMC admitted that he thought about canceling the meeting with Putin. “I may meet with Vladimir Putin. I asked myself a question [on this account]”, he said. The French leader said that he asks himself the question, “is it useful, do we really need this, will there be some impact”.
Peskov, commenting on this statement said that France was not notified about the possible cancellation of the meeting between the two leaders. He noted that in the framework of Putin’s visit to Paris scheduled talks at the Elysee Palace, the Russian President will also participate in the opening of the Russian spiritual center.
“Other information from our French colleagues do not have, and outcome of this”, — said Peskov (quoted by “Interfax”).
Press Secretary of the President also said that currently the sides are discussing a meeting of representatives of “Norman Quartet”, but its terms have not yet been determined, reports TASS.
During Putin’s visit to Paris, the parties plan to discuss the situation in Syria and Ukraine. In this regard, Hollande, in an interview said that he asks the question, “can you do something that will be able to stop what he [Putin] is doing with the Syrian regime? That is, the support of the air forces of the regime that dropped bombs on Aleppo residents?”
This statement of the French President has occurred after the last Saturday in the UN security Council, Russia vetoed a French draft resolution on settling the situation in Syria. The Russian foreign Ministry, commenting on the decision, said that the text of the resolution “flagrantly distorted the reality of the situation, wore politicized, imbalanced and one-sided character.”
The resolution, which was drafted by France, proposed to create the possibility of control over the truce with the UN. The project also urged Russia and the United States to “guarantee the immediate cessation of hostilities, starting from Aleppo, and this put an end to all military flights over the city.”