In the latest sign of a deepening rift between Russia and the West, Russian president Vladimir Putin has cancelled his planned visit to France. The Associated Press has details.
French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that Putin put off his visit set for next week after he let him know he wouldn’t take part in the opening of the new Russian Orthodox church and was only interested in talks about Syria. …
Putin’s trip to Paris, which was planned for next Tuesday, envisaged the opening of a Russian cultural center and an exhibition, but the French side had revised the program, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“Regrettably, those events dropped out of the program,” Peskov said, saying it’s up to the French side to explain the reason. “The president decided to cancel the visit.”
Putin and Hollande were to inaugurate a new Orthodox church next to the Eiffel Tower along with a cultural center.
Peskov said that Putin could visit France at a later date which would be “comfortable” for Hollande.