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Macron to visit Russia despite diplomatic spat

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French President Emmanuel Macron (Xinhua/Gabriel Petrescu/IANS)

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Russia in May despite differences revolving around a former Russian agent’s poisoning.¬†Macron is scheduled to be a guest of honor at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum¬†being held from May 24-26….reports Asian Lite News

Seoul: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a ceremony at the French Embassy in Seoul on Feb. 11, 2018, to mark the launch of a project to modernize the embassy building, scheduled to be completed by the end of next year. (Yonhap/IANS) by .
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (Yonhap/IANS)

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Russia in May despite differences revolving around a former Russian agent’s poisoning, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.

“For the moment, the trip is planned,” Le Drian told RTL radio.

At the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Macron is scheduled to participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum being held from May 24-26.

“We must have a frank dialogue with Russia. We want to maintain it, but it is a dialogue on which we need a lot of clarity,” Le Drian said.

Earlier this week, France asked four Russian diplomats to leave the country within a week in response to former Russian agent Sergei Skripal’s poisoning in Britain.

On March 4, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre in the southern city of Salisbury.

Macron’s office said on March 15 that France agreed with Britain that Russia was responsible for the poisoning. Russia, however, has denied any involvement in the poisoning incident.