June 27, 2020 / 10:20 AM / 16 days ago

France's Macron says he plans to travel to Russia soon

French President Emmanuel Macron talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a video conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 26, 2020. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he would soon travel to Russia for more talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.

“Trust-building talks initiated with President Putin at Fort Bregancon continue,” Macron said in a tweet, mentioning European security, regional conflicts and climate change as key themes. “I will travel soon to Russia.”

Macron and Putin held a video call on Friday. Macron has called for Europe to re-examine its strategic partnership with Russia, saying that a policy of defiance towards Moscow in recent years had failed.

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

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