Paris (AFP) – French President Emmanuel Macron is confident of progress in critical areas with Russia, including notably the crisis in Libya, his workplace explained on Friday after a video convention summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Macron is “assured that we can make progress with Russia on a quantity of topics,” a senior French presidential formal instructed reporters, citing “a typical fascination in the stabilisation of Libya and the reunification of its establishments.”
Macron has in modern months pursued a policy of rapprochement with Russia, reaching out to Putin more than vital areas of disagreement such as Ukraine, in an strategy that has discomforted some EU allies.
Their talks arrived immediately after Macron this 7 days bitterly attacked Turkey’s intervention in the Libya conflict, which has tipped the equilibrium absent from rebel strongman Khalifa Haftar.
Russia backs Haftar, and France is also suspected of favouring him — although Paris insists it is neutral in the conflict.
Haftar has endured a series of defeats in current months as Turkey ups its assistance for the UN-recognised Authorities of National Accord (GNA), elevating uncertainties about the strongman’s foreseeable future.
In the talks, Macron expressed “all the anxieties that the reinforcement of the Turkish existence in Libya cause,” the official claimed.
But the official included that Macron also raised with Putin “international interference in Libya” which includes the existence of mercenaries from the Wagner team, a Russian paramilitary organisation reportedly run by a confidant of Putin.
According to the Kremlin web site, Putin explained to Macron: “I know your way of thinking aimed at organising joint perform on quite a few of these topics. We will assist your proposals in any way achievable.”
The French official explained that for the duration of two hours of talks Putin experienced also invited Macron to Russia and the French president had recognized, while no day has been set.
The visit would probable take put “in the subsequent months” and “right before the finish of the 12 months” even though the coronavirus crisis would have to be taken account of, the official explained.
The Kremlin also stated that Putin prolonged an invitation to “dear Emmanuel” to check out Russia.
The French leader experienced prepared to attend events in Pink Sq. final thirty day period to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the victory in excess of Nazi Germany.
But that occasion was cancelled as a consequence of the pandemic, despite the fact that it went ahead — without Macron in attendance — in Moscow on Wednesday.