France-Russia Row: Putin cancels Paris visit after Hollande's comments - media

12:46 Oct. 11, 2016

Putin cancels Paris visit after Hollande's comments - media

Russian President Vladimir Putin and France's President Francois Hollande, leave a joint press conference after their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 26, 2015 (AP photo)

French leader said he was unsure whether to receive his Russian counterpart due to his  "unacceptable" support for Syrian air strikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not come to Paris next week after declining an offer to meet President Francois Hollande only for talks on Syria, a French presidency source said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

"There were contacts between the Kremlin and the Elysee this morning to offer to Putin a working visit on Syria, but excluding all other events that President Hollande could have taken part in," the source said. "In response to this proposal, Russia has just indicated that it wants to postpone the visit planned on Oct. 19."

Read also France to call for war crimes investigation against Russia over Syria

President Francois Hollande said at the weekend he was unsure whether it was useful or necessary to see Putin. 

"Can we do anything that will make him stop what he is in the process of committing with the Syrian regime, which is supporting the bombing of Aleppo's population by its air forces?" Hollande told a French TV channel when asked whether he would receive Putin.

The Russian leader was scheduled to inaugurate a new Russian Orthodox cathedral and visit a Russian art exhibition in the French capital.

Read also Putin to meet Poroshenko, Hollande, Merkel on Oct. 19 - Kremlin

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