MOSCOW/PARIS – The presidents of Russia and France, Putin and Macron continue their close contacts. According to the Kremlin’s press service, the leaders “gave a positive assessment of the release and transfer of persons held in Ukraine and Russia on September 7th as an important humanitarian action”. They expressed hope that this would help normalize Russian-Ukrainian relations.
After Macron stated that he will attend the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Hitler in Moscow, which is best known as the Victory Day Parade 2020, the relations between the two leaders have only been improving. Since then, Macron, along with the US President Donald Trump, expressed he would like to see Russia back to the G8 format, and also reiterated the now-almost-forgotten trope of Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok. To top it all, the French President also admitted that the era of the West finally came to an end and that Europe can’t survive without Russia.