Marine Le Pen, the Front National leader and a French presidential contender, arrived in Moscow at the invitation of the State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee. The French politician met with President Vladimir Putin and State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.
Vladimir Putin focused on general issues concerning bilateral relations, as well as the ongoing electoral campaign in France. “We attach a lot of importance to our relations with France, trying to maintain smooth relations with both the acting power and the opposition representatives,” the president said. In her turn, Marine Le Pen stressed that the parties had forged close cultural, economic, and strategic ties. “This meeting is especially important now that a serious terrorist threat hangs over all of us,” added the Front National candidate.
Le Pen’s conversation with Vyacheslav Volodin revolved around Russian-French inter-parliamentary cooperation. The parties stressed the need to cement the political, humanitarian, and economic ties. The Russian parliamentary speaker praised Le Pen’s position on stronger state-to-state relations and invited the MEP to participate in the forthcoming CSTO Parliamentary Assembly. In turn, Le Pen reaffirmed her highly critical stance on the EU anti-Russian sanctions. Moreover, the major foreign policy issues of mutual interest, including the counterterrorism campaign in Syria, were also on the agenda. On parting Vyacheslav Volodin presented Le Pen with “The Return of Jeanne d’Arc,” a special edition of her political biography. “As you may know, Russian writers have compared you to Jeanne d’Arc. And I would like to present you with this recent edition,” Volodin said.
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