Russia: Macron calls for Russia to 'come closer to Europe'

SOT, Ruth Elkrief, Journalist (French): “We saw awkwardness yesterday at one point on the Malaysian plane” SOT, Emmanuel Macron, French President (French): «There is no awkwardness, he replied what he replied, which may shock French journalists because you are not used to this style.» SOT, Ruth Elkrief, Journalist (French): «And you were not shocked?» SOT, Emmanuel Macron, French President... Еще (French): «I am not inside diplomacy of states, contrary to what can be said. I am in a personal relationship with my counterparts and I consider that this relationship must serve the interests of the country, but I don’t like commenting about qualms, and I never commented what my counterparts did. On the other hand, we have a relationship where I think I can say that Putin is someone who has a historical and strategic vision of relations between Russia and Europe and he has his own history. And you have to understand it to be able to position things. It’s also true that I place the relationship with Donald Trump in the history of alliance between France and the United States in the service of freedom. It’s also true that I place the relationship between France and Russia in this historic setting, that's what I did when I welcomed him to Versailles and came here to St Petersburg, saying 'our two peoples, countries have always spoken and loved each other, by its culture, by its intelligence.’ We are in a city that French architects helped to build, at worst, the great Saint Petersburg when we came back having seen Versailles and Louis XV. Catherine II of Russia was one of Voltaire's best friends ... I will be in Ferney in a few days, it’s our history. The library of Voltaire was taken again by Catherine II, and it’s now in Saint Petersburg. These stories are stronger than us and we should not forget it. What I mean here is that I place Vladimir Putin's relationship in this strategic vision that Russia should come closer to Europe, Russia is European.» French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Friday about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin , during an interview with journalist Ruth Elkrief in Saint Peterburg. According to Macron, who affirmed that the relationship with his Russian counterpart was built during the first weeks, «I place the relationship between France and Russia in this historic setting, that's what I did when I welcomed him to Versailles and came here to St Petersburg, saying 'our two peoples, countries have always spoken and loved each other, by its culture, by its intelligence.’» The French leader was also asked about the upcoming World Cup. «I have confidence in Didier Deschamps and in our team; he has chosen a young team whose one of its strengths is the collective game. So the spirit he will create in the coming weeks will be decisive», he said.

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