French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Russia is a key factor in solving many international problems. “Many international problems cannot be resolved without Russia,” said Macron ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
While stressing that the dialogue with Russia will be “demanding,” he noted that the situation in Syria and Ukraine will be high on the agenda during his meeting with Putin. More than 10,000 people have been killed in a conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russia forces since 2014. Despite the original Minsk agreement, which was reached in September 2014, as well as another deal also struck in the Belarusian capital in February 2015, the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russians have continued to trade fire along front lines. “I am going to discuss the situation in Syria during the meeting in Versailles,” Macron added.