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  • Ukraine and France want to strengthen political relations

    Ukraine and France want to intensify relations at the government level, reported RBC-Ukraine with reference to the information department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

    A meeting had been held on October 12th between the head of the Verkhovna Rada Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine, Hanna Hopko and the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for the European Integration Parliament of Ukraine, Maria Ionova with French Senator Olivier Cadic. The meeting was also attended by French Ambassador to …

  • France accuses Russia of espionage in space

    Russia tried to intercept data from the French-Italian satellite, which is used by the armies of both countries to ensure communication security, said French Defense Minister Florence Parley and added that Paris considers such a step to be "espionage."

    The Russian satellite Olymp-K, part of Russian Luch Satellite Data Relay Network, approached the Athena-Fidus satellite so close that anybody would have thought it was trying to intercept our communication, Reuters quotes Parley as saying.

    She …

  • Peskov: Hollande’s memoirs on Putin threatening Poroshenko is ‘incorrect information disclosure’

    During an interview for the TV channel Russia-1 broadcast on September 2, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that former French President François Hollande’s memoirs, in which he describes Putin as threatening to “pulverise” the Ukrainian army, are “an incorrect information disclosure” and a “discharge”.

     “It’s not normal. Rather, one could say explicitly that it is an incorrect information disclosure. These ‘discharges’, which frequently do not correspond to reality, they only cause damage,” …

  • French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Assad won the war in Syria

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won the civil conflict that took place in the country.

    “Assad won the war. We must admit this,” stressed Le Drian.

    At the same time, he pointed out that the Syrian leader may have won the battle, but did not achieve peace, which is possible “with the participation of international mediators.”

    The Idlib province in northern Syria remains the only region controlled by the Syrian opposition and some militat …

  • Macron proposes to reset relations with Russia

    During a visit to Finland, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "a full renewal" is needed in relations with Russia. 

    "I believe that we need a complete renewal of our relations with Russia set at the end of the Cold War. Our actions - both on the one hand and on the other - sometimes involve mistakes or misunderstandings that we inherited from the last two decades and that prevent us from making the right conclusions, "said Macron at a news conference with the Finnish President in …

  • Foreign Ministry of France: It’s too early to send UN peacekeepers to Donbas

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said during his speech at the annual gathering of French ambassadors in Paris, on Wednesday, August 29 that it would be premature to send UN peacekeepers to the Donbas,Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    According to the minister, there is not enough political will to enforce the move. "Let's be honest. Without local political will, it’s premature or even counterproductive to consider the possible dispatch of the UN mission," said Le Drian. The Minister added …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to US surprised that Kyiv purchased French military helicopters but not American

    During a press club meeting of leaders of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the USA Valeriy Chaly stated that Ukraine should have bought US and not French military helicopters, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "I don’t want this to look like I deal only with the USA... but if the country [Ukraine] puts rearmament as its main goal and has limited funds, they should set the priorities right. The countries that provide the maximum …

  • France, Spain and Portugal to build gas pipeline for supply of American liquefied gas to EU

    French, Spanish and Portuguese leaders approved the EU decision regarding the supply of liquefied gas from the United States, according to the declaration signed by the three countries after the energy interconnection summit in Lisbon on Friday, July 27.

    The countries expressed interested in increasing the supply of the American liquefied gas through seven European ports. In addition, the countries insist on building a gas pipeline for gas to be transported to other European countries.

    Madrid …

  • France closes its trade and investment office in Russia

    On Monday, July 16, France closed its trade and investment representative office in Russia, publishing an announcement in the communiqué of the French Embassy in Russia, which was released on the same day. The decision to close the office was taken following a notification from Russian authorities stating that from now on, Business France is no longer allowed to work in Russia under the provisions of French law. The trade mission of France provided support for the activities of Business France …

  • Putin meets with Macron on the eve of his meeting with Trump  

    Russian President Vladimir Putin met with French President Emmanuel Macron on July 15th in the Kremlin, as stated by the official website of the Russian president.“Gradually the usual channels of cooperation are being restored. This gives reason to believe that we will overcome all obstacles that we have dealt with in the past” states the press service of the Kremlin quoting the words of the President.

    The Kremlin website does not specify the details of the conversation. At the same time, The …