Putin hopes that Russia and France will overcome the difficulties in relations

MOSCOW, July 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that relations between Russia and France will come to the path of positive development, overcoming difficulties and re-establish instruments of cooperation. He said this during the meeting with the President of France Emmanuel Macron.

“Gradually restored the usual mechanisms of cooperation, which gives reason to believe that we will overcome all the challenges we faced in the previous time, and come to the path of this positive development of the multilateral relations”, – said the head of state.

The Russian leader noted that a good impetus to the development of relations between Russia and France was given in the framework of St. Petersburg International economic forum. The head of state added that the trade and economic sphere has a positive trend, resulting in turnover growth of 19% for the first half of 2018. He also drew attention to the expected in the near future a meeting in the framework of a large inter-parliamentary Commission.

Welcoming in the Kremlin the Macron, Putin congratulated him “congratulations, who noted yesterday the whole of France” Bastille Day and with the release of the French team in the final of the world Cup. “We will see tonight. I’m sure the game will be intense, interesting, beautiful and will delight millions of fans around the world,” – said Putin.

For its part, the macron said that he had come to support their team. “I would like to commend your team that has achieved great success, went so far, and what did it in spite of all predictions,” added the French leader congratulated all of Russia with a magnificent championship. “It was just perfect!” – said the President of France.

Makron expressed hope for the continuation of the exchange of views that began in St. Petersburg at the SPIEF not only on the bilateral agenda, but also on topical international issues, particularly on Syria. The French President arrived in the Kremlin, accompanied by first lady Brigitte macron. Before the official part of the talks, Putin talked with the couple in the format of small talk, giving Brigitte Makron large bouquet of pale pink peonies and cream roses.