Contents tagged with France

  • Russian Foreign Minister claims that Special Forces of the US, Britain, France and other countries are working in Syria

    In an interview with the telecommunications company of the President Kazakhstan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Special Forces units from the United States, Britain, France and other countries are operating on Syrian territory.  “There are Special Forces on the ground in Syria from the US – they no longer deny it – the UK, France and a number of other countries. Thus, it’s not so much of a ‘proxy war,’ but rather a direct involvement in the war," the Minister said. …

  • French President Macron will not attend Russian stand at book fair in Paris

    According to the statement released by the Élysée Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron will not attend the Russian exhibition stand at the book fair in Paris due to the Russian Federation’s possible involvement in the recent poisoning of an ex-spy, Le Figaro reports.

    According to the report, Macron will not patronize the Russian stand even though Russia is an honorary guest of the event. "The President will not attend the official pavilion of Russia at the book fair… due to the assault in …

  • Joint media investigation reveals that Putin's friend Boris Rotenberg owns villas on the French Riviera

    Boris Rotenberg, a Russian businessman close to Russian President Vladimir Putin owns two villas in the commune of Èze in France. The villas have a total area of 1300 square meters. Rotenberg also owns another villa under construction. This was stated in a joint investigation of Novaya Gazeta, Le Monde and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project or OCCRP.

    Rotenberg filed his application to construct the first two villas in 2009. He planned to build a tennis court, a swimming pool …

  • Macron threatens to strike Syria if chemical weapons are used

    France will strike Syria if the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population is confirmed, stated French President Emmanuel Macron, Deutsche Welle reports.

    Macron clarified that in such a case, the strike will be directed against the locations where the chemical weapons are created or stored. He added that France does not currently possess adequate evidence that such weapons have been used in Syria.

    The Syrian government is suspected of carrying out a chemical attack in the city of …

  • Putin calls on French businessmen to enter into investment and trade contracts with Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he expects to conclude major trade and investment contracts with French businessmen at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in 2018, according to a transcript from a meeting published on the Kremlin website.

    "We expect that new major trade and investment contracts will be concluded at the upcoming International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg in May," the Russian President said at a meeting with members of the Franco-Russian Chamber of …

  • French court allowed billionaire Kerimov accused of tax fraud to go to Russia

    The French court released the Russian senator and billionaire Suleyman Kerimov for a short-term trip to Russia, as reported to the French media by the public prosecutor of Nice, Jean-Michel Pretre.

    "Mr. Kerimov received permission from the judge to go to Russia to visit a seriously ill relative (sibling or stepbrother) with the obligation to return. He is allowed to carry out this trip between Friday and Sunday (January 21),” said the prosecutor.

    Kerimov has been accused by the French …

  • France arrests Swiss businessman in the case of Russian billionaire Kerimov

    Swiss businessman Alexander Studhalter has been arrested in France in connection to the case of Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov, who was accused of tax evasion and money laundering, reported the newspaper Nice Matin.

    Studhalter was arrested on January 12; investigators say that the Swiss businessman was a stand-in for Kerimov when the latter was purchasing property in southern France.The Swiss businessman’s attorneys are appealing against the court arrest.

    Kerimov was detained at Nice …

  • European countries call on Russia to return representatives to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination in Donbas

    Germany and France have called for Russian officers to return to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire in the Donbas. A joint statement was signed on December 23 by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, reports Radio Liberty.

    The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed anxiety over the withdrawal of Russian representatives from JCCC.

    "This measure [is] yet another attempt at undermining security of the monitors’ work …

  • French public figures call on the media regulator to suspend license of Russia Today TV Channel

    Public figures in France have demanded that the Russian propaganda channel Russia Today halted broadcasting, and that the license given to it be withdrawn. They appealed to the head of the Supreme Council for Audiovisual Resources of France (CSA), Olivier Schrameck, in a corresponding letter,  reported the publication Le Monde.

    "We appeal to you, Mr. Schrameck, with a request for the preservation of civil peace, to suspend the license for broadcasting rights in France issued to Russia Today," …

  • Russian Prosecutor General calls arrest of people with Kerimov’s status level unacceptable

    There is a need for international mechanisms which will prevent foreign states from arresting Russian citizens “with special status”, Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika believes, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    He made a statement to this effect after visiting the Interpol headquarters in Lyon in connection with the charges brought against the Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov by the French Ministry of Justice.“A practice which is not quite correct is emerging, when people with special status …