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    Russian President Putin Meets French Counterpart at G20 Summit in Hamburg

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French couterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed the problem of climate change during the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

    Russia has not withdrawn from Paris Agreement on climate change and will fulfill its commitments under with deal, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    "The reasons behind the climate change are still unknown, but you know our position. We stick to the Paris Agreement. We have already made a decision in this regard and intend to implement it," Putin said.

    Speaking to the jouralists, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday that all the agreements reached during their May negotiations at the Versailles Palace are being implemented.

    "In the follow up to our meeting at the Versailles everything we have agreed on is being implemented. We received your foreign minister. Despite all the difficulties, the economic ties are intensifying and the turnout is increasing," Putin told Macron on the sidelines of G20 summit in German city of Hamburg.

    The president pointed out that in the first quarter of 2017 the turnout between Russia and France increased by 24 percent.

    "We count on the active work and industrial cooperation," Putin said.

    "Despite all the difficulties our diplomatic ties are still strong," Vladimir Putin added.

    Moscow has already started activities aimed at establishment of the Franco-Russian civil society forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    "In line with your proposal, we have started work to prepare and to establish the civil society forum," Putin said at a meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg.

    French President Emmanuel Macron in his turn noted the high quality of the French-Russian relations.

    "I am glad to ascertain the quality and the intensity of the [French-Russian] relations," Macron said.

    "We hope to move on to the next stage of the plan we have coordinated together," he added.

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