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France seeks closer ties with Russia despite Syria tensions

PARIS - Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed cooperating more closely to resolve the Syrian crisis in a phone call Friday, as France tries to smooth ties with Russia and move beyond years of tensions over Syria and Ukraine.

 

Macron is making his first presidential trip to Russia in May. The two leaders talked Friday about preparations for the visit, where Macron plans to attend the St. Petersburg Economic Forum and to meet with Putin.

 

The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin and Macron underlined during their call the need for developing closer cooperation on Syria. The statement did not elaborate.

 

Macron's office said he pushed for more robust Syrian peace talks -- notably after a Russia-sponsored effort last month boycotted by the Syrian opposition

 


First published: 02.09.18, 16:45