Vladimir Putin calls allegations of Russian interference in United States election "fiction"

Vladimir Putin calls allegations of Russian interference in United States election

"I confirm what I said earlier on this issue, if necessary, the sanctions may be strengthened but only in case of escalation of the conflict in Ukraine".

"It's indispensable to talk to Russian Federation because there are a number of global subjects that will not be resolved without a tough dialogue with them", Macron told reporters at the end of the G-7 summit Saturday.

Macron also said he and Putin were agreed the time was right for a new round of peace talks on Ukraine in the "Normandy format" which groups Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine.

The newly elected French leader also said on Monday that he wanted to work more closely with Russian Federation to try to resolve the six-year war in Syria, one of the sticking points in relations between the West and Moscow.

"The president spoke of his personal commitment to the Syria dossier and of his support for the Syrian opposition in view of a political transition", his office said in a statement.

"Any use of chemical weapons would result in reprisals and an immediate riposte, at least where France is concerned", Macron said, standing next to Putin in the Versailles palace outside of Paris.

The pair discussed the Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its military involvement in Ukraine as well as allegations of Russian meddling in France's election campaign. Putin bet - wrongly - on Macron's far-right opponent Marine Le Pen, hosting her at the Kremlin in March, before Macron then handily beat her. In the final days before the vote, Macron aides had claimed that Russian groups had hacked his campaign and released internal information in a bid to discredit it. Moscow denies such allegations.

But Macron was outspoken in his disdain for the Russian media, including state-run outlets RT and Sputniks.

But a report released in early January by the US intelligence community said that its agencies had concluded that Putin ordered a campaign involving covert intelligence operations and overt propaganda to undermine faith in the USA election, disparage Hillary Clinton and help Mr. Trump's election chances.

RT shrugged off Macron's accusations.

By welcoming his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at Versailles, French President Emmanuel Macron has somehow extended his hand to Russia.

For his part, Putin said sanctions against Russian Federation will not help stabilize east Ukraine.

Macron, 39, who won the May 17 election in a landslide, said he and Putin had "extremely frank" talks yesterday.

In October, Putin abruptly shelved a trip to Paris after Hollande alleged that Russian Federation could face war crime charges for its actions in Syria.

Despite this clearly awkward exchange, the choice of location-Versailles-indicated that Macron wanted to welcome a friendly relationship with Russian Federation, as he led him around an exhibition that is celebrating the 300th anniversary of Peter the Great's visit to France and the rich history of these two nations.

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