The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron promises to be lengthy and voluminous in content, but decisive “breakthroughs” can hardly be expected at its end, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“We expect a very substantive and lengthy, voluminous discussion in terms of time and content,” Peskov told reporters.
He said Monday’s talks will be dominated by “the topic of tension in Europe, related to the situation around Ukraine, the topic of security guarantees for Russia.”
“Emmanuel Macron now leads the country that holds the presidency of the European Union. This is very important. Of course, the situation is too complicated to expect any decisive breakthroughs during one meeting,” the Kremlin spokesman noted.
He reminded that the French president is coming to Moscow with “certain ideas about the search of possible options for defusing tensions in Europe.
The spokesman told reporters that the meeting will start around 5 p.m. Moscow time. It will continue over a working lunch. Afterward, Putin and Macron will hold a joint press conference.
“This is a very important visit,” Peskov stressed.