Foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault in the morning on radio Europe 1 expressed regret in connection with cancellation of the visit to Paris of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his meeting with his French counterpart Francois Hollande.
“I imagine that this [visit to Paris] had been difficult for him [Putin]. We were arranged to discuss the situation in Syria. He refused to come, it is necessary to fix it. I’m sorry about that,” said Ayrault.
He urged Russia to stop supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the bombing of Aleppo, and Moscow urged to join the international coalition in the fight against terrorists in Syria.
Asked the host about a possible thaw in diplomatic relations, Ayrault said that he was trying to organize a “summit of heads of state in Berlin” in the coming weeks. “But this will happen only if there is a desire to move forward. This will depend on the willingness of both one and the other side”, — concluded the Minister.
The meeting of Putin and Hollande was to take place on October 19. The first of its abolition was announced by Reuters with reference to sources later said the source TASS in the Kremlin. As later stated by the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s decision not to go to Paris was because of the itinerary dropped the planned activities.