Putin says US election allegations are 'fiction'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 15:56
Emerging from the two-hour meeting, Macron and Putin vowed to improve the strained relations between their countries, while admitting to disagreements during talks described by Macron as "extremely frank".
The newly elected French leader said he wanted to work more closely with Russian Federation to try resolve the six-year war in Syria, one of the sticking points in relations between the West and Moscow, which backs Bashar al-Assad's regime.
"There will be no effect", Putin said, with press aide Dmitry Peskov translating.
Macron's relatively simple greeting of Putin belies a complicated relationship between the two leaders. "Presidents come and go, but policies don't change". It is also the entire US intelligence community.
Putin strongly denied allegations that Russian Federation had sought to interfere with the outcome of the French election at the Versailles meeting - just as he denies any involvement in attempts to influence the USA election.
Opposition officials were not immediately available for comment on the meeting.
"The issue has not been raised".
He concluded by saying that "my wish is to forge a constructive dialogue underpinned by national interests", and "I believe it's possible with the current US president". "Russia Today and Sputnik. behaved as organs of influence, of propaganda, of lying propaganda".
RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan in a statement expressed disappointment that Macron saw "what started as a rather productive conversation between the leaders" as an opportunity to level "baseless accusations against RT".
She added, "By labeling any news reporting he disagrees with as fake news, President Macron sets a risky precedent that threatens both freedom of speech and journalism at large". "Elections are the decisions of sovereign people".
They met at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles.
France has been highly critical of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the Kremlin has backed for years.
The HNC leader warned that "the regime and its allies are preparing for in different parts of Syria especially beside the Syrian-Iraqi borders, in the southern region, and in the countrysides of Aleppo and Hama".
"There is no proof of Assad using chemical weapons".
He said the worldwide community should "establish a joint policy" to address the use of chemical weapons by "anyone, any force... and make a response that would render the use of chemical weapons simply impossible". The message from.Russian Federation is, "nothing is happening, they are inventing it all, '" she said.
Former US President Barack Obama put himself in a tough spot with his "red line" ultimatum to Syria on the use of chemical weapons, a phrase he first used in August 2012. That deal came after the United States threatened military action after hundreds were killed in a deadly chemical attack on opposition-held suburbs of Damascus.
The U.S. government subsequently worked with Russian Federation on a deal that was supposed to rid Syria of such weapons.
Standing next to his Russian counterpart, France's new president also pledged to defend "all people, all minorities".
Numerous media outlets since April have reported that gay men in Chechnya were being rounded up, tortured, and killed by police.
"I will not give an inch on this".
In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Putin reaffirmed his strong denial of Russian involvement in the hacking of Democratic emails.
After Moscow lost its bets in the French vote, the visit offers the Russian leader a chance to turn the page and try to establish ties with Macron as the Kremlin has struggled to mend a bitter rift in relations with the West.