PARIS (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in France earlier in the day to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. The two heads of state will get to know each other over a working lunch in Versailles, where Putin will inaugurate an exhibition dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Russian Emperor Peter the Great’s first visit to France.
"It [Putin's Paris visit] is a good thing. The French foreign policy starts taking its shape. And there is a desire of the Russian side to invest in the relationship with their French partner. We will see what it gives. So far the preconditions for this meeting are favorable and interesting," de Gliniasty, who served as French ambassador to Russia from 2009 until October 2013, said.
Putin’s visit to France comes almost immediately following the NATO and the G7 summits, where Macron met with European, North American and Japanese leaders. The fight against terror, a topic discussed during both summits, is one of the major issues on the common agenda.