Vladimir Putin visited the Russian cultural and spiritual center in Paris. Putin became the first foreign leader whom the President Makron took after winning the election.
From the Palace of Versailles to the Grand Trianon is almost 2 km away. This is one of the most beautiful parks in France. The President declined, went on foot. Them and after the negotiations was what to discuss. Macron showed the President of the Russian Federation, which is in Versailles for the first time, the decoration of the giant Park. The heads of state continued the conversation. The President then sat in the Golf cart. Macron driving.
Unique exhibits in the Grand Trianon. Exhibition dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the visit of Peter I in France, reminds us what the historical Foundation of relations the 2 countries. The heads of state signed the book of honorable guests.
In its own symbolic work and the visit to the Russian spiritual and cultural center. To open it, Putin and Hollande planned in the fall. However, the trip was canceled. Due to disagreements on Syria, the French side decided to lower the status of the visit, and the Kremlin felt it prudent to await a more favorable moment. And that moment apparently arrived: the presence of the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo only emphasizes the attention of the French to the new center, which is so blended into the urban environment.
Vladimir Putin gave as a gift to the temple the image of the Holy Trinity and placed a candle at the temple icon. Prayers in the temple warm many parishioners. The new center is an educational building, Sunday school. For many families it is very important that the children don't forget their roots. The exhibition presents the results of excavations. Legendary Russian expeditionary corps, fought during the first world war - is also a reminder of how many links Moscow and Paris.
But the press, summing up his visit, discussed the current level of dialogue. It is known that the negotiations took longer than originally planned 2 hours. It is obvious that the focus was the Syrian issue. According to Putin, a number of assessments on Syria, Moscow and Paris match, and the country can improve the interaction. Moreover, generated some practical suggestions. It is, above all, to establish a joint working group on counter-terrorism. Now above all, this structure was indeed formed, the French understand this well.