Putin denies meddling in French election

A Russian journalist asked why two of her colleagues had been thrown out of Macron's campaign headquarters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Tuesday that de-escalation zones in Syria would not become the basis for future territorial division of the country.

"It's indispensable to talk to Russian Federation because there are a number of worldwide subjects that will not be resolved without a tough dialogue with them", Macron told reporters at the end of the G7 summit on Saturday, where the Western leaders agreed to consider new measures against Moscow if the situation in Ukraine did not improve. "Economic relations are growing", said the Russian president.

Mr Putin defended having received Ms Le Pen at the Kremlin in March.

Putin said he and Macron agreed to discuss pursuing closer cooperation on anti-terror efforts, with a proposed exchange of experts to work toward that goal.

Macron is the first Western leader to speak to Putin after the Group of Seven summit over the weekend, where relations with Russian Federation were a key topic.

Macron had also said Monday that France would respond immediately to any use of these arms.

France has been highly critical of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the Kremlin has backed for years. He said he favoured "a democratic transition" that would "preserve the Syrian state".

He also said that usage of Chemical Weapons would draw immediate response from France which is already fighting terrorism in its own soil.

Macron also brought up LGBT rights in Chechnya, saying he would be "constantly vigilant on these issues".

Talk about making a statement.

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Newly inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron drew global headlines when his knuckles turned white during an intense handshake with President Donald Trump at the G-7 meeting - an encounter he later called a "moment of truth".

At 120 meters long by 13 meters wide (394 feet long by 43 feet wide), the Gallery of Great Battles is Versailles' largest room.

Putin did not react to Macron's comments about the Russian media, but he bristled when a journalist suggested that Moscow's hand was behind cyber attacks on the Macron campaign.

Meeting in a palace so soon after the G7 summit was a clever move by Macron. "Our relations must be normalized". The record shows only favorable words from Trump for centrist Emmanuel Macron's opponent, the defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. But they're "totally distinct from diplomatic contacts" of Macron and his government, Bay said. The Kremlin may simply choose to move onto the next challenge, whether that is the United Kingdom election next week or the German election in September.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in France for talks with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.

The French leader said this issue demands "an inclusive political solution".

Mr Putin used the news conference to call for these sanctions to be lifted, saying they did not help create stability in the east.

Russian Federation has criticised the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for not sending experts to the site, instead analysing samples gathered from "various sources".

Macron portrayed the meeting as just a first step in resetting the country's relations with Russian Federation. They held a banner "Stop homophobia in Chechnya" at a square in front of the Eiffel Tower.

"That doesn't mean that we tried to influence the results of the election".

At least 100 men were believed to be detained, and three had been killed. Their first handshakes - relatively brief and cordial - were far less macho than Macron's now-famous who-will-blink-first handshake showdown with Trump when the two leaders met last week for the first time.

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