Contents tagged with France

  • Erdogan invites France, Germany and Russia to hold talks on Syria

    The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting will be held on October 27th in Istanbul. Its central theme will be the situation in Syria, reports the Deutsche Welle.

    The parties will meet, by invitation from Erdogan, said his spokesman on Friday, October 19th. This will be the first meeting with these participants. Until now, Turkey has sought to discuss the …

  • Kremlin: Putin to visit Paris in November

    In November Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to Paris, where he will attend a ceremony commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the end of the first world war.

    “We plan on flying to Paris on November 11th. We will take part in the ceremony at the Champs Elysees fields,” Putin’s foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said on October 16th.

    The ceremony will be attended by other heads of state, including US President Donald Trump who confirmed his attendance at the event.

    Answering a …

  • Ukraine and France want to strengthen political relations

    Ukraine and France want to intensify relations at the government level, reported RBC-Ukraine with reference to the information department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

    A meeting had been held on October 12th between the head of the Verkhovna Rada Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine, Hanna Hopko and the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for the European Integration Parliament of Ukraine, Maria Ionova with French Senator Olivier Cadic. The meeting was also attended by French Ambassador to …

  • France accuses Russia of espionage in space

    Russia tried to intercept data from the French-Italian satellite, which is used by the armies of both countries to ensure communication security, said French Defense Minister Florence Parley and added that Paris considers such a step to be "espionage."

    The Russian satellite Olymp-K, part of Russian Luch Satellite Data Relay Network, approached the Athena-Fidus satellite so close that anybody would have thought it was trying to intercept our communication, Reuters quotes Parley as saying.

    She …

  • Peskov: Hollande’s memoirs on Putin threatening Poroshenko is ‘incorrect information disclosure’

    During an interview for the TV channel Russia-1 broadcast on September 2, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that former French President François Hollande’s memoirs, in which he describes Putin as threatening to “pulverise” the Ukrainian army, are “an incorrect information disclosure” and a “discharge”.

     “It’s not normal. Rather, one could say explicitly that it is an incorrect information disclosure. These ‘discharges’, which frequently do not correspond to reality, they only cause damage,” …

  • French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Assad won the war in Syria

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won the civil conflict that took place in the country.

    “Assad won the war. We must admit this,” stressed Le Drian.

    At the same time, he pointed out that the Syrian leader may have won the battle, but did not achieve peace, which is possible “with the participation of international mediators.”

    The Idlib province in northern Syria remains the only region controlled by the Syrian opposition and some militat …

  • Macron proposes to reset relations with Russia

    During a visit to Finland, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "a full renewal" is needed in relations with Russia. 

    "I believe that we need a complete renewal of our relations with Russia set at the end of the Cold War. Our actions - both on the one hand and on the other - sometimes involve mistakes or misunderstandings that we inherited from the last two decades and that prevent us from making the right conclusions, "said Macron at a news conference with the Finnish President in …

  • Foreign Ministry of France: It’s too early to send UN peacekeepers to Donbas

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said during his speech at the annual gathering of French ambassadors in Paris, on Wednesday, August 29 that it would be premature to send UN peacekeepers to the Donbas,Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    According to the minister, there is not enough political will to enforce the move. "Let's be honest. Without local political will, it’s premature or even counterproductive to consider the possible dispatch of the UN mission," said Le Drian. The Minister added …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to US surprised that Kyiv purchased French military helicopters but not American

    During a press club meeting of leaders of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the USA Valeriy Chaly stated that Ukraine should have bought US and not French military helicopters, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "I don’t want this to look like I deal only with the USA... but if the country [Ukraine] puts rearmament as its main goal and has limited funds, they should set the priorities right. The countries that provide the maximum …

  • France, Spain and Portugal to build gas pipeline for supply of American liquefied gas to EU

    French, Spanish and Portuguese leaders approved the EU decision regarding the supply of liquefied gas from the United States, according to the declaration signed by the three countries after the energy interconnection summit in Lisbon on Friday, July 27.

    The countries expressed interested in increasing the supply of the American liquefied gas through seven European ports. In addition, the countries insist on building a gas pipeline for gas to be transported to other European countries.

    Madrid …