A major theme covered last week in the Russian press was the normalization of relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey. Sergei Lavrov and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met in Sochi on the 1st of July, following the reception of the Turkish President’s letter by his Russian counterpart. Another theme addressed in the Russian press was the trip of Sergei Lavrov to France, where Brexit and Russian-French trade relations were discussed. Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed the hope that sanctions would soon be lifted. Despite this hopeful outlook, sanctions against the Russian Federation have been extended by the European Union on the 1st of July for another 6 months. Brexit was also commented on, in particualr the allegations of some European and American news outlets that Russia has much to gain from the outcome of the referendum. It was stressed that a strong, united Europe is in the political interest of Russia.