Today, on June 26, French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The coronavirus pandemic and security issues, including the situation in Ukraine, are on the agenda.
The situations in Syria, Iran, and Libya will also be raised as well as “cooperation in the fields of health and the environment,” the French presidency said in announcing the call earlier this week.
Macron believes there is “a need to deal with all the difficult subjects,” with Russia, the Elysee Palace said. This includes “further progress on the crisis agenda, on Ukraine especially.”
Macron has called for Europe to reexamine its strategic partnership with Russia, saying that a policy of defiance toward Moscow in recent years has failed.
Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty