«Difficult climate» for talks: French foreign Minister will meet with Lavrov

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Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Moscow on 20 June, where he will hold talks with Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. Diplomats are expected to discuss wide spectrum of bilateral relations, ways of solving international conflicts, including crises in Syria and Eastern Ukraine, as well as the fight against international terrorism.

The visit of the French Minister will be held on the backdrop of a difficult international situation and the exacerbation of conflicts in Syria, where the coalition led by the U.S. the plane was shot down by Syrian government forces in Ukraine, which considered the bill on the reintegration of Donbass. RIA Novosti interviewed experts point out that all this creates a «difficult climate» for negotiations of the foreign Ministers of Russia and France.

Sound is also of the opinion that the forthcoming meeting should not give any concrete results, first and foremost, the parties need to establish personal contact, and then to develop a road map for the future.

The fight against terrorism, the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria

As previously reported by RIA Novosti Deputy foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov at the meeting of the foreign Ministers of Russia and France «will be discussed the whole complex of Russian-French relations and, of course, the whole range of current international problems, including the Ukrainian crisis and the situation in Syria.»

The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova also said that Lavrov and Le Drian in Moscow to discuss steps to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

«The main topic of discussion will be joint efforts to establish effective cooperation in the fight against terrorism, in the settlement of crises in Syria, Ukraine and other pressing issues on the international agenda», — the diplomat said at a briefing.

Zakharov added that the parties will review the schedule of upcoming political contacts.

In turn, the French foreign Ministry also confirmed that Le Drian during a visit to Moscow to discuss with the Russian leadership the issues of bilateral relations and international agenda.

«In continuation of the last on may 29 at the Versailles meeting of the President of the Republic (Emmanuel Macron) with his Russian counterpart (Vladimir Putin) Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian on June 20 will visit Moscow to discuss bilateral cooperation and key international issues,» — said the Deputy spokesman of the French foreign Ministry Alexander Giorgini at a briefing for journalists.

«Difficult climate» for a visit

According to the Professor of the Department of international relations and foreign policy of Russia, MGIMO University, expert of Russian Council on international Affairs member of Obichkina, parties do have something to talk about at the upcoming meeting.

According to her, it undoubtedly will go on combating international terrorism. «The collaboration on this issue very seriously started (the President of France Emmanuel) macron (he) already met on this subject with (Prime Minister) Theresa may, who was in France. I think we will focus on some contacts, interaction in this issue,» said Obichkina RIA Novosti.

In addition, she noted that they can raise issues of bilateral relations related to European issues in the context of the grounds for the introduction of new EU sanctions against Russia.

«I think that France as a country-member of EU also will adhere to this tactic,» added the expert. According to her, this part of the strategy of containment of Russia.

«And now these new terms that put Russian diplomacy, is increasingly narrowing the scope,» said Obichkina, mentioning also accusing Russia of cyber attacks, regularly sounding from the Western countries.

«Difficult climate» for talks: French foreign Minister will meet with Lavrov© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything fotobanka in France found no evidence of «Russian intervention» in Vibrio to her, in this regard, the Russian authorities have to be very cautious and careful and to refrain from steps that can be taken during an attack on the cyber security of European countries.

«It is, in General, the narrowing of the scope of Russian policy, which dictates today. This is, of course, quite a difficult climate in which to visit the French Minister of foreign Affairs, but the results of the visit, of course, can only be judged after its completion,» — said the expert.

Not to put pressure on Ukraine, not to condemn the coalition

«Difficult climate» for talks: French foreign Minister will meet with Lavrov© AFP 2017 / Patrick KovarikВо France said it was ready to mediate between Russia and Sacto for Ukraine and respect the Minsk agreements, this theme is also «going to be very seriously discussed because it is one of the major themes of Russian-French interaction today,» said Ovechkin.

According to her, initially the «Normandy format» was proposed by the former President of France Francois Hollande in order to deter the Russian policies in Donbass, and that deterrence occurs, of course, in favor of Ukraine. «Therefore, Russia requirements here will be very tough, and Ukraine, of course, less rigid,» said Obichkina.

«Too put pressure on Ukraine France will not» — said the expert.

«Difficult climate» for talks: French foreign Minister will meet with Lavrov© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in fotobanka: France attempts to «bridge» between Russia and Sepacompliant of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko previously announced plans to submit for consideration of Verkhovna Rada the bill on the reintegration of Donbass, which, in particular, will be spelled out the legal regime for the actions of the Ukrainian military. The President opposed the lifting of the «anti-terrorist operation» (as in Kiev called military operation in the Donbass) prior to the adoption of this law. As stated in the Parliament, the law excludes the holding of any elections in the region to return to the territory under the control of Kiev.

Earlier the representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic Alexander Kostenko told RIA Novosti that if the Parliament adopts the law on the reintegration of Donbass, calling for a ban on the holding of elections in the region before returning it under the control of Kiev, it will mean the refusal of the authorities of Ukraine on the Minsk agreements and open confrontation.

«Difficult climate» for talks: French foreign Minister will meet with Lavrov© RIA Novosti / Press service of the President to Opperate in fotobanka said that Russia and France can improve vzaimodeistvuyushchikh also believes that the French foreign Minister will not condemn the recent actions of the US-led coalition in Syria and probably «will call for restraint, to prudence, to interact». The expert stressed that «it cannot change US policy».

Aircraft of the US-led coalition against the terrorist group ISIS* shot down a Syrian su-22 in raqqa province after he allegedly dropped bombs close to positions supported by the United States Democratic forces of Syria (SDF), reported previously in the coalition. Damascus said the plane Syrian air force carried out a mission against ISIS*.

To establish personal contact

«Difficult climate» for talks: French foreign Minister will meet with Lavrov© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in photobacteria and France will create group to discuss combat terrorizmom to the French journalist, writer, specialist on the Soviet Union and Russia Pierre Lorena, during the meeting of Ministers of Russia and France, first of all, we will talk about how to establish personal contact, to clarify various aspects in the relations between France and Russia, in particular, in regard to Syria and Ukraine, and then to try to identify ways that will help bridge the gap between the two countries.

«This meeting is, strictly speaking, should not give any concrete results. We are talking about making contact, finding ways to solve problems and develop a road map for the future,» said Lauren.

«Difficult climate» for talks: French foreign Minister will meet with Lavrov© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in fotobanka: Russia and France see a common point on the main, napravleniyami to him, the Makron at the meeting with Putin at Versailles made a big step towards Russia, when found necessary to preserve the integrity of Syria and the Syrian nation and considered the possible direct talks with representatives of the Syrian government.

«The President Makron stepped away from the position which traditionally occupies the Western coalition, saying that the way out of the situation in Syria can be found only together with representatives of the Syrian state,» — said the expert.


*A terrorist organization banned in Russia.