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URGENT: Lavrov Says Putin to Meet Hollande in France over Syria, Ukraine

URGENT: Lavrov Says Putin to Meet Hollande in France over Syria, Ukraine
Thu Oct 6, 2016 16:56:46

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his French counterpart Francois Hollande during a visit to France on October 19, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

Putin and Hollande “will discuss international issues including Syria and Ukraine,” Lavrov told France’s foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at a meeting in Moscow; AFP reported.

Putin’s visit to France — his first to the country since he attended a climate summit in Paris late last year — has been in the planning for months, with the Kremlin strongman expected to inaugurate a Russian Orthodox cultural complex in the capital.

The trip comes amid a spike in tensions with the West over Moscow's bombing campaign in war-torn Syria.

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