After talks, France's Macron hits out at Russian media, Putin denies hacking

Putin responded by denying that Russian Federation had any involvement in the presidential election in his typically cagey way, saying, "As for the imaginary intrusion by Russian Federation into elections anywhere-we did not discuss this". According to Putin, the two leaders had agreed that the fight against terrorism was a top priority.

Monday's meeting comes in the wake of the Group of Seven's summit over the weekend where relations with Russian Federation were part of the agenda, making Macron the first Western leader to speak to Putin after the talks.

During Monday's meeting, Putin is said to have promised Macron "the whole truth" regarding abuses against gay men in Chechnya.

Macron made no mention of Western sanctions on Russian Federation over Ukraine, though Putin repeated Moscow's view that their continued enforcement would not help stabilise the situation in Ukraine's east.

The Macron-Putin relationship got off to a less-than-ideal footing during mr. Macron's presidential campaign.

Survivors reported being subject to violence and torture, in one case by using a homemade "electric chair", so they would give up the names of other gay men.

And both leaders agreed they did not want Syria - where Russian Federation is propping up the government of President Bashar Assad - to collapse into a failed state.

Emerging with Putin from two hours of talks and lunch in the 2,300-room palace, Macron said he wanted to strengthen cooperation with Russian Federation in seeking a solution to the Syria conflict.

"There will be no effect", Putin said, with press aide Dmitry Peskov translating.

Putin also offered Macron's far-right opponent Marine Le Pen a publicity coup when he granted her an audience a month before the election's first round.

Vladimir Putin made a visit yesterday to France and held a meeting with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, where he was interviewed by the French newspaper and it will be posted in tomorrow´s edition, while the video was previously published on the website.

Putin's visit to France was described as a working meeting timed to coincide with the opening of a show at the Grand Trianon, in the Versailles complex.

Though Trump leaned in first, he tried to release his hand from the lengthy shake, twice, while Macron kept squeezing.

Part of the exhibit at a former palace on the grounds of Versailles illustrates how French artists inspired Russians.

Syria has been accused of using chemical weapons, including chlorine gas and much deadlier nerve agents, during the conflict.

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that France would respond immediately to any use of chemical weapons in Syria, while urging a closer partnership with Russian Federation in fighting the Islamic State in the country.

Macron also said he would be "constantly vigilant" about the situation in Chechnya.

"I raised a number of issues, including the importance from France's point of view of respect for all minorities, the rights of LGBT people in Chechnya and NGOs in Russian Federation, and I put forward our expectations on these matters".

  • Leroy Wright