Foreign Press Review (20.03-26.03)

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In contrast to the US where meetings with Russian officials have become almost a taboo one of the candidates in the French presidential race Marin Le Pen decided to make a surprise visit to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian State Duma’s international relations committee. In Moscow she held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. Ms Le Pen emphasized the counterproductive character of the EU sanctions against Russia and called for cooperation in combating terrorism. Experts suggest that the meetings will help to consolidate her electoral supporters, many of whom have a positive view of Russia’s defense of conservative values.