The Russian side continues preparation for the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris on 19 October, during which, in particular, will hold talks with French President Francois Hollande. The journalists said on Monday the press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the reports that Hollande allegedly has not yet decidedwhether to meet with Putin.

“Continue preparations for the upcoming visit of Putin in Paris will hold talks at the Elysee Palace, Putin also will attend the opening of the Russian spiritual center,” – said a Kremlin spokesman, quoted by TASS. “Other information from our French colleagues we have not, and outcome of this”, – said Peskov.

Press Secretary of the President also revealed that at present the sides are discussing a meeting of representatives of States “channel four”, but its terms have not yet been determined. The Ministerial meeting “channel four” (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France) in recent times took place in early may in Berlin.

France will ask the international court to investigate war crimes in Syria

Earlier it was reported that during Putin’s visit to Paris, the parties plan to discuss the situation in Syria and Ukraine. But on the eve of Francois Hollande in an interview with TMC stated that it is a question of whether the upcoming meeting. “I may meet with Vladimir Putin. I asked myself (on this account)”, – said Hollande.

“I ask myself whether the meeting is useful? Can we ensure that he (Putin) stopped doing what it’s doing together with the Syrian regime, that is to support the aviation regime, which is bombing the people of Aleppo?” – said the French President. “I’ll tell him that this is unacceptable, and that it even harms the image of Russia”, – he added.

Hollande expressed confidence that the bombing in Aleppo can be qualified as a war crime. “And those who commit such actions, shall be required to meet, including at the International criminal court,” – said the French leader.

Last week the newspaper Le Figaro wrote that Putin actually “asked for it” in Paris. As reported the correspondent of the edition in Moscow, Pierre avril, while the controversial issues in Syria bring discord between the two countries, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov seemed to “forcibly shook hands with” his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault on Thursday at a meeting in Moscow, announcing the visit of President Putin in Paris on October 19.

Before Paris will make a statement, Moscow officially and unilaterally announced that Putin will arrive in Paris on 19 October at the Grand opening of the Russian cultural centre, although the debate over Syria erupted, it was said in the article, which quoted InoPressa.

According to Le Figaro, Lavrov was surprised by Ayrault, saying of the preparation of Putin’s visit. At the request of the journalist of Le Figaro confirm this date the French Minister replied: “I didn’t come here to talk about bilateral relations, but only to discuss the situation in Aleppo”. It is noted that the last visit to Moscow in April 2016, Jean-Marc Ayrault gave his Russian counterpart the invitation of Hollande, Putin to visit France in October, but without specifying the date.

We will remind, on Saturday in the UN Security Council Russia vetoed the French draft resolution on settling the situation in Syria. The document stressed on the need to stop the bombardment of Aleppo and a military aircraft fly over the city. The Russian foreign Ministry explained that the text of the resolution “flagrantly distorted the reality of the situation, wore politicized, imbalanced and one-sided character.”

A few hours before Russia vetoed the resolution, Hollande said that if one of the permanent members of the UN security Council will block a document that is discreditied the country and make it responsible for the continued bloodshed.

Russia introduced a security Council its draft resolution on Syria. The paper proposed to bring the militants “Jabhat EN-Nusra” (banned in Russia) of Eastern Aleppo. However, the project failed to gain the nine votes needed for adoption.

Peskov commented on the reports of Hollande’s doubts about the wisdom of meeting with Putin 10.10.2016

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