Frenchman Macron says he plans to visit Russia soon


French President Emmanuel Macron chats with Russian President Vladimir Poutine during a videoconference at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France, June 26, 2020. Michel Euler / Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Saturday that he will soon travel to Russia for further talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.

“The confidence talks started with President Putin at Fort Bregancon are continuing,” Macron said in a tweet, citing European security, regional conflicts and climate change as key themes. “I will be traveling to Russia soon.”

Macron and Putin held a video call on Friday. Macron called on Europe to reconsider its strategic partnership with Russia, saying that a policy of distrust of Moscow in recent years has failed.

Report by Gwenaelle Barzic; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Alex Richardson

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