France's Macron, Alongside Putin, Denounces Two Russian Media For Election Meddling

As Macron put it, this will be considered a "red line" for France: "The use of chemical weapons by anyone will be the object of reprisals and immediate retaliation on the part of France". The newly elected French leader said he favoured "a democratic transition" in Syria that would "preserve the Syrian state".

30 de mayo de 2017, 18:01Paris, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for worldwide policies to prevent the use of chemical weapons, according to Le Figaro French newspaper.

"It is essential to talk to Russia because there are many worldwide issues that will not be resolved without a tough exchange with the Russians", Macron said in Sicily.

French President Emmanuel Macron has made an extraordinary attack on two Russian media outlets, saying they acted as "propaganda" organs during France's election campaign.

Macron said he wanted to strengthen cooperation with Russian Federation in seeking a solution to the Syria conflict.

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

Amid the Congressional and FBI investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the USA presidential vote, Macron's aides claimed in February that Russian groups were interfering with his campaign.

Putin said he had offered to arrange inspections of the site in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, but that all the major powers had refused.

Macron, while admitting to disagreements, described the talks at Versailles palace as "extremely frank".

Macron said he would make "not a single concession" to Russian Federation on the long-running conflict in Ukraine as he and his G-7 counterparts said they were prepared to strengthen sanctions against Moscow.

Mr Macron said he expected some tough words. The Lithuanian foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, says visas have already been issued to two gay men from Chechnya who were "persecuted due to their sexual orientation". Putin did more than any other foreign leader to undermine Macron's legitimacy in this country's recent presidential election, meeting with his far-right opponent during the campaign.

Le Pen tweeted ahead of Putin's meeting on Monday at the Palace of Versailles with French President Emmanuel Macron that she "rejoices that V. Putin is being welcomed to France".

The Versailles exhibition commemorates a visit to France 300 years ago by Peter the Great, known for his European tastes.

Macron's full-on blast at the state news agency Sputnik and broadcaster Russia Today came at a news conference with Putin standing at his side.

Moscow has also been blamed for a raft of cyber attacks on Macron's election campaign, with aides accusing the Kremlin of mounting a "smear campaign" against him.

"We mentioned the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) organization in Chechnya but also the (organizations) in Russian Federation".

Russian Federation has not interfered in elections in any country, there is no subject for discussion on this issue, Putin said at a news conference after talks in reply to reporters' question.

Macron was the first Western leader to speak to Putin after the Group of Seven summit the French leader attended over the weekend, where relations with Russian Federation were a key topic.

In one of the sharper moments of a news conference marking a visit by Putin, Macron added that he had already raised the issue with the Kremlin leader in a post-election phone call, going on to say the episode was in the past and would stay there.

  • Zachary Reyes