Le Figaro believes the upcoming Putin’s visit to Paris trying to escape from isolation because of the situation in Syria
On the eve of Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Moscow reported about the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris. The French newspaper Le Figaro drew attention to how different were the statements of the heads of depodesta. The difference in the positions of Moscow and Paris to create the impression that Putin begs for a visit.
According to Lavrov, the Russian leader will arrive in France on October 19, said yesterday “Interfax”. Putin will meet with French President Francois Hollande to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the situation in Syria, said the Russian foreign Minister. “This visit will have special significance. Our presidents will have the opportunity to discuss the state of bilateral relations”, – said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Meanwhile, Paris and Moscow respond differently about the upcoming Putin’s visit to France. The Russian side officially and unilaterally announced the imminent visit of the President of the Russian Federation at the opening ceremony of the Russian cultural centre in the French capital, writes the correspondent of Le Figaro in Moscow, Pierre avril. Moreover, the statement was made amid the intensifying debate on Syria. “While the controversial issues in Syria bring discord between the two countries, the Russian foreign Minister, seemed to be forcibly shook hands with his French counterpart on Thursday, announcing the visit of President Putin in Paris on 19 October,” – said in the article, which was translated by InoPressa.
In turn, the French foreign Minister at the request of the journalist of Le Figaro confirm the date of Putin’s visit said dryly: “I didn’t come here to talk about bilateral relations, but only to discuss the situation in Aleppo”. In last arrival to Moscow, in April 2016, Ayrault gave his Russian counterpart “the invitation of President Hollande Vladimir Putin to visit France in October”, but without specifying the date, recalls avril.
In his current visit, which took place on Thursday, October 6, Ayrault “once again condemned the “cynical” the position of Moscow in connection with the fighting in Aleppo, referring, in particular, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who touted “reliability” and “effectiveness” of Russian weapons to Syria,” the article says Le Figaro.
According to the journalist, Putin’s visit to Paris amid sharp criticism of its actions in Syria “in the main governmental offices of the West, particularly in France, would allow Moscow to deny its isolation.” If Lavrov during a meeting with his French counterpart said that Russia “attaches special importance to the quality of relations with France”, Ayrault did not even hinted at bilateral relations, said avril.
In mid-September, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said that Putin in October will visit France at the invitation of Hollande. “In October, at the invitation of President Hollande, President Putin will visit France, I am sure that such contacts largely set the tone and the agenda of our mutual cooperation”, – said the head of the upper house of the Russian Parliament (quoted by RIA “Novosti”).
On the same day this information was confirmed in the Kremlin. “Yes. Preparing”, – said the representative of the Kremlin in response to the question of journalists about the visit, reported RIA “Novosti”. The recent Putin’s trip to Europe was a visit to Finland in early July, reminds RBC.