The President of Russia Vladimir Putin met in the Kremlin with the candidate for the French presidency from the party “national front” marine Le Pen, reports “Interfax”.
Putin said that Russia attaches “great importance” to relations with France, maintaining smooth relations with the representatives of the authorities and with representatives of the opposition, and did not want to influence the presidential elections in this country.
“We in any case do not want to influence events [campaign in France. — ] but reserve the right to communicate with all representatives of all political forces of the country, as well as do our partners, for example, in Europe, in the United States,” the President said.
In addition, Putin urged France to “join efforts” with Russia in the fight against terrorism. He recalled that this morning in Chechnya militants attacked a military unit in Regardie, killing six soldiers and six attackers.
In turn, marine Le Pen said that France has with Russia’s deep cultural, economic, and strategic communications. “This meeting is especially important when a serious terrorist threat hanging over us,” said the French politician, thanked Putin for the meeting.
Earlier this morning, marine Le Pen made a speech in the state Duma. During her speech, she said Russia and France should share the “heavy burden” of dealing with Islamic fundamentalism, and stressed that Russia is making “a major contribution” to this fight. “Our two Nations must work together and give them a worthy rebuff,” — said the leader of “National front”.
During a meeting with Chairman of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin Le Pen expressed the hope that France will achieve the abolition of blacklists against Russian citizens on its territory. According to her, the fact that the sanctions hinder the Parliament of Russia to come to other countries and to communicate freely with their colleagues in the European Parliament, contrary to the principles of democracy.