Today begins the visit of Vladimir Putin to France. The Russian leader will visit France at the invitation of Emmanuel Macron. The heads of state will participate in the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the visit of Peter the Great to France.
For the first time since taking office, macron adopts a foreign head of state. In the press all the talk about Putin's arrival. The President of France has already made several statements. The statement, on the one hand, fully in the spirit of European lines, on the other - made it seems all so as not to spoil the atmosphere of the meeting.
It is already known that the presidents will discuss major bilateral, European and global issues. The macron already rebuked the "seven" of inefficiency and stressed the importance of dialogue with the Kremlin. The presidents meet at Versailles - the legendary residence of French kings. The occasion was a Grand exhibition dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the visit of Peter to France. 184 exhibit from the Hermitage. Some first left St. Petersburg.
The upcoming meeting with Putin will take place against the backdrop of very modest results in the framework of "seven". Contradictions across the spectrum - from the Paris climate agreement to the refugee issue. Fiasco was avoided only due to the fact that the final communiquö? has a paragraph on combating any form of protectionism.
In Paris are now discussing such a long handshake between the U.S. and France at the summit of "seven". Many saw this as an attempt by trump to put a young colleague in an awkward situation. Perhaps, considering the political acumen and strength of Washington, in the Elysee Palace will remember the experience of De Gaulle, his special relationship with Moscow and his view of Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals.
Upcoming talks - the most discussed topic. The ability to conduct a dialogue with Moscow depend on the position of Paris on the world stage.