French President Emannuel Macron, left, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the stands before the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 Soccer World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday 15 July 2018. (Petr David Josek / Associated Press)
by Associated Press July 15 at 12:16
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin says he told the leader of France It is time for Russia and France to "overcome" the difficulties that afflict their relations.
Putin met on Sunday in Moscow with French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron's office said he wanted to make Europe's voice heard after the controversial NATO summit and Putin's summit with US President Donald Trump.
Putin says that the growth of trade grew 19 between Russia and France in the first half of 2018. He always said "Reasons to believe that we will overcome all the difficulties we have faced recently and will embark on a path of positive development".
The distance between France and Russia has been driven by Russia's actions in Ukraine and Syria. Macron's office says those were issues that he wanted to discuss with Putin.
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