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Monday, October 24, 2016

Hollande may refuse a meeting with Putin

That the final decision on the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, scheduled for 19 October in Paris, is still pending, hinted the head of France Francois Hollande. According to him, it’s hard to know whether such a useful and fruitful communication.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

The main argument for rejecting the meeting with Putin, Hollande called the Kremlin’s unwillingness to abandon support for Syrian authorities and President Bashar al-Assad.

About their doubts as to rendezvous with the Russian head of state, Hollande told journalists, live French TV channel TMC, stressing that for him personally the main goal and the desired outcome of this meeting will be “progress” Putin’s position on Syria.

“I ask myself: will the meeting with Vladimir Putin useful? Whether it is necessary generally? Is it possible to put pressure on Moscow’s position… and to ensure that Putin has stopped to do what makes along with the Syrian regime? So he stopped supporting aviation regime, which is bombing the civilian population of Aleppo province?” – was thinking in front of the cameras Hollande.

“If I will accept Putin, will tell you that this is unacceptable and bad not only for the people of Syria, but also for the image of Russia”, – said the President of France.

“I’m sure those who have carried out war crimes in Aleppo, sooner or later will be held accountable, including before the International criminal court,” said Hollande.

We will remind, earlier about the impending visit of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in France, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov and the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.


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