On May 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin will go for an unscheduled visit to Paris, where he will meet with the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, Kommersant reported citing its sources.
It is noted that the formal reason for the visit will be the opening in Versailles of an exhibition dedicated to Russia`s Peter the Great.
However, a high-ranking source in the Kremlin told Kommersant ”the visit will see a tight schedule” and it is unlikely that it will be limited to a ceremony in Versailles.
According to the source in Paris, ”it`s hard to imagine that Mr. Putin would visit France without the consent that he would meet and and get to know the new president.”
The exhibition in Versailles is dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the visit of the Russian Tsar to France and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries – it will be held in the Great Trianon Palace and will last until the end of September.
As reported earlier, in October 2016, Vladimir Putin called off his Paris visit formally linked to the opening of a Russian cultural center after then-president Francois Hollande had said he might not meet with his Russian counterpart.
As UNIAN reported, on May 14, President Macron was inaugurated at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The 39-year-old former banker, who is the youngest head of state since the time of Napoleon, promised to restore France`s global leading positions.
On May 16, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that his administration`s first contact with the Macron team had already taken place.