French President Emmanuel Macron held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, informs Elysee Palace.
The negotiations lasted for about an hour and a half. During the conversation, Macron called on the Russian president to release opposition leader Alexei Navalny “in accordance with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights.” In addition, the French president expressed hope that the September elections to the Russian State Duma will be held in accordance with the OSCE criteria.
At the same time, in the message of the Kremlin not mentioned Macron’s words about Navalny and the State Duma elections.
This is not the first time that the Kremlin has been silent about the words of foreign leaders. In January 2021, during the first telephone conversations between Putin and US President Joe Biden, the last expressed concern over the arrest of Alexei Navalny. Speaking with the Russian president, Biden also stressed that his administration is studying a massive cyberattack on the US government SolarWinds, which is suspected of Russian hackers, and allegations that Russia has offered the Taliban cash rewards for killing the American military in Afghanistan.
At the same time, on the Kremlin’s website about these statements by Biden not reported… According to the portal, the presidents of Russia and the United States discussed such topics as the coronavirus pandemic, the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, the problem of preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, internal Ukrainian settlement, as well as the Russian initiative to hold a summit of permanent members of the UN Security Council.