France’s Macron will meet Putin at time of World Cup final – French official

Emmanuel Macron will have a meeting with Vladimir Putin when the French president attends the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, Reuters said citing a French official.

Signals of a possible meeting have also been coming from Kremlin sources on Wednesday.

Macron watched the French team beat Belgium in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. The match for the champion title will take place in Moscow on Sunday, in which France will be pitted against either England or Croatia.

The French president made an official visit to Russia in May to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Relations between Macron and Putin got off to a rough start last year, with the French president accusing Russia of trying to undermine his campaign with ‘fake news’ during Putin’s visit to France. But Macron’s visit this year seemed generally warm and was marked by a number of high profile business deals signed by Russian and French firms, as well as both governments.

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