Terrorism, Ukraine and Syria conflicts at heart of Macron, Putin meeting

  • Terrorism, Ukraine and Syria conflicts at heart of Macron, Putin meeting

Terrorism, Ukraine and Syria conflicts at heart of Macron, Putin meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, France, Monday, May 29, 2017.

The activists want newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the issue with Putin at their Versailles palace meeting.

Commenting on anti-Russian sanctions, Macron warned that new sanctions against Russia may only be caused by escalation of the Ukrainian conflict.

But hosting the French nationalist at the Kremlin "doesn't mean we tried to influence the results of the election", the Russian leader said. "We're not kids, we're not children".

Macron's full-on blast at the state news agency Sputnik and broadcaster Russia Today came at a news conference with Putin standing at his side.

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have adopted President Trump's rhetoric about the ongoing probes on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling it "fiction" and accusing the Democrats of inventing the allegations because they are still bitter about losing.

"I will be demanding in my exchanges with Russian Federation", the 39-year-old president told reporters at the end of the G7 summit on Saturday, where the Western leaders agreed to consider new measures against Moscow if the situation in Ukraine did not improve.

"Macron gave himself enough wiggle room, which opens up a new diplomatic and political window", said the diplomat.

Just over half the people polled in one of the two surveys said they would like Macron's party to get a majority in the 577-seat parliament.

"The use of chemical weapons by anyone will be the object of reprisals and immediate retaliation on the part of France", he said.

Obama said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would risk crossing a "red line" and provoking a USA military response by using or moving chemical or biological weapons. "I will do everything to ensure that the 2018 election campaign is conducted in the same way - in strict accordance with the law and the Constitution", Putin said. The site was sold to Russian Federation under former president Nicolas Sarkozy amid criticism from human rights groups.

The Russian president's visit coincided with the arrival in France of the first Chechen gay person to be granted asylum because of persecution.

Macron also criticized Trump's character as a leader, comparing Trump to authoritarian leaders Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Erogan of Turkey.

In Versailles, he and Macron inaugurated an exhibition marking the visit of Russia's modernising tsar Peter the Great to France in 1717.

The two countries are in stark opposition over the Syrian civil war, with Moscow backing Assad and France supporting rebel groups trying to overthrow him. "The most important thing is the fight against terrorism. this plague of the 21st century", he said.

Past indications have suggested that Putin wanted Macron's far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, to become the next President of France.

Mr Putin did not mention gay people during the conference with Mr Macron.

Government forces have been battling Moscow-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine for over three years.

Putin was also later to visit a new Orthodox cathedral complex in central Paris.