During the talks in Versailles on Monday, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and the most pressing issues on the international agenda, particularly the situations in both Ukraine and Syria.
"I think they made a small progress. It is not a kind of result I was expecting. It is a very good sign but even if we create new structures for dialogue, if we at long last start sharing information and even if we also start cooperate on Syria, nevertheless, the official speech in France is still the same," Dhuicq said.
The lawmaker stressed that the French position on the Syrian crisis as well as on the situation in and around Ukraine remained the biggest constraints for improving bilateral ties between France and Russia.
"France’s position is still not practical on Syria: talking about democracy, without taking into account the fact that groups, who are fighting with the Syrian government, are not moderate but, in fact, Islamist groups. Concerning Ukraine, even if there is a will to renew dialogue, Macron still repeats an official position, that Russia does not respect human rights," Dhuicq elaborated.
Additionally, the French and Russian presidents discussed human rights issues, specifically the alleged violations against the LGBT community in the southern Russian region of Chechnya, and agreed to jointly monitor the situation.