Putin, Macron to meet in France

High on the agenda is the situation in Ukraine as well as the future of the Normandy format negotiations

Photo: Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to pay a visit to France on 19 August to hold talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on a wide range of topics, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters today.

According to media the meeting would take place at Macron's summer retreat, the medieval fort of Bregancon near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas on France's Mediterranean coast. There, the leaders will focus on bilateral cooperation and economic ties, international issues, namely the situation in Ukraine, as well as the prospects of continuing work in the Normandy format, he noted.

The Normandy format negotiations for ironing out the Donbass crisis have been underway since June 2014. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany gathered in Normandy for the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day (the landing of allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in 1944) to discuss the settlement of the conflict in Donbass for the first time. Since then, a number of phone conversations and high-level meetings have taken place as well as contacts between the foreign ministers.

Following the bilateral talks, leaders from the world's seven most developed nations are set to gather in the southwestern French city of Biarritz on August 24-26. France holds the 2019 presidency of the G7, which also includes Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

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