Francois Hollande might refuse to receive Vladimir Putin in Paris


In his Sunday’s interview with French TV channel TF1, President Francois Hollande said he was not sure whether he wants to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose visit to Paris is scheduled for October 19.

The meeting of Putin and Hollande was announced on Thursday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, adding that the Russian president’s visit to Paris will be of particular importance, since Hollande will discuss not only the Russian-French relations, but also resolution of the crisis in Syria and Ukraine.

However, in his interview with TF1, Hollande condemned Russian airstrikes in Syria. When a journalist asked him about the upcoming meeting with Putin, he said he had not yet decided on that question, though, most likely he will still meet with him.

“I ask myself this very question,” said the French president. “Will it be useful? Is it necessary?”

“Can we do anything else that will cause him to stop what he does, together with the Syrian regime, namely the bombing of Aleppo and its population with their air force?” said Hollande.

“If I accept him, I will tell him that this is unacceptable,” he said.

The population of Aleppo has been the victim of war crimes, the French President said.

“Those who commit these crimes will be brought to justice, including the International Criminal Court,” said Hollande.

On Friday, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also proposed to investigate the actions of the Russian army in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime for possible war crimesIn response, Lavrov said that the American policy towards Moscow is based on “aggressive Russophobia”.

Source: BBC