French President Francois Hollande had not yet decided whether to take personally the President of Russia Vladimir Putin during a visit to Paris, which is scheduled for October 19. According to the French leader, the effect of such meetings is highly questionable.
“Can we do something to stop what Putin is doing with the Syrian regime? That is, the support of the air forces of the regime that dropped bombs on Aleppo residents? So, I ask myself the question, whether to accept Putin. And if I meet him I’ll tell him that this is unacceptable and seriously affects the image of Russia”, – quotes RBC excerpt from an interview with Hollande for the TV channel TMC.
On Putin’s upcoming visit to Paris it became known in mid-October. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov after meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Moscow said that at the meeting the two leaders will discuss bilateral relations and international issues, including Syria and Ukraine.
Note that last Saturday, Russia vetoed the adoption of the UN Security Council French resolution calling for an end to the bombing of Aleppo and a military aircraft fly over the city.
Russia’s envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said that France never made constructive proposals on the Syrian settlement, and its rare initiative “was clearly calculated for propaganda effect”.
Hollande a few hours earlier made a statement that if one of the permanent members of the UN security Council to block the resolution, it discreditied this country and make it responsible for the continued bloodshed.
Russia submitted to the security Council its draft resolution on Syria, however, the document failed to gain the adoption of nine votes.