France wants Russia to remain part of the Council of Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron said. “I would like Russia to remain within the framework of the Council of Europe, and I want that our strategic dialogue new momentum on many issues – economic, social and defense issues,” Macron said at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum plenary session.
The Russian president Putin reminded France is an old and reliable partner of Russia, as well as Germany. “We very much count on the fact that our French friends, companies will develop in Russia, will receive income and profit.” Putin also noted that Russian-French business ties are diversified since the countries work in many spheres from space to pharmaceuticals. But Russia’s leading economic partner is now China, not France or Germany, Putin pointed out.