Putin shuns Paris visit after France offers talks only on Syria

by Reuters
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 08:56 GMT

PARIS, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will not come to Paris next week after declining an offer to meet President Francois Hollande only for talks on Syria, a French presidency source said on Tuesday.

"There were contacts between the Kremlin and the Elysee this morning to offer to Putin a working visit on Syria, but excluding all other events that President Hollande could have taken part in," the source said. "In response to this proposal, Russia has just indicated that it wants to postpone the visit planned on Oct. 19."

The Russian leader was scheduled to inaugurate a new Russian Orthodox cathedral and visit a Russian art exhibition in the French capital. (Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; writing by John irish; editing by Ingrid Melander)

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