“President Macron is holding a very honest dialogue with the Russian party … At the same time he finds it very important to develop relations between Russia and the European Union, between Russia and France … We have some differences but even if we disagree on some issues, Russia is a very important partner in the UN Security Council and it is very important to boost this dialogue,” the ambassador said.
Moreover, France wants to further develop economic cooperation with Russia, Sylvie Bermann told reporters on Thursday.
“We have made the second biggest investments [among EU countries] in the Russian economy in 2017. France is also one of the biggest employers in Russia. The trade between Russia and France is highly dynamic, it increased by 26 percent … We want to further develop our cooperation,” Bermann said. The ambassador also pointed out that France focused on cooperation with small and medium businesses.
Meanwhile, Paris hopes that Russian President Vladimir Putin would also accept the invitation of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to visit France in November, French Ambassador said.
On Tuesday, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said that Putin had not made a decision on the possible November visit to France, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
France Plans to Increase Investment Into Russian Economy
President of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Emmanuel Quidet said Thursday on the sidelines of the EEF that France was the biggest investor in the Russian economy in 2014-2016, adding that Paris is going to keep this tendency.
Russian media has reported earlier that the French trade and investment mission in Russia, which shut down in July, could resume its work on the basis of a different organization. In particular, the Business France government agency may launch a tender to find an organization to represent its interests in Russia by the end of the fall.
According to the media reports, the exact terms and conditions of the tender are not clear yet, but such organizations as the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce or French business center Maison des entrepreneurs francais (MEF) are expected to be able to submit their proposals.