Emmanuel macron and Vladimir Putin (archive photo)
In Paris willing to accept the offer of the Russian authorities about the arrival of the President of Emmanuel Macron in may next year in St. Petersburg for international economic forum. About it reports “Kommersant”.
According to diplomatic sources in Paris, the decision to visit Him in Petersburg almost accepted, but officially it will not be announced yet.
“The reason is purely formal, but very respectful, — said the interlocutor of the edition. Presidential elections in Russia will be held in March, and although we anticipate the outcome would not be entirely right to accept now the invitation is not re-elected Vladimir Putin.”
Putin has invited Him to visit Russia in may, during negotiations at Versailles. In the future, through diplomatic channels, was studied with different timing. Discussed the options of Macron visit to Moscow in December 2017 or January 2018. The latter option was abandoned, as the visit would fall on Christmas and new year holidays in Russia.
The choice was eventually made in favor of St. Petersburg, where, from 24 to 26 may will be held St. Petersburg international economic forum.
During the last meeting in may, Putin stated that the fundamental interests of both countries “is much more important than political expediency”. He stressed that none of the French company left the Russian market, despite sanctions. The Russian leader also expressed confidence that the parties are ready to work together to find solutions for the situation in Syria and Ukraine.