MOSCOW, April 19 /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russian and France continued developing relations in all spheres against all the odds.
"Despite all the difficulties, the relations between our countries are developing," Putin said at a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
"We develop them practically in all directions, including the government level, business contacts and inter-parliamentary dimension," the Russian president said.
He noted that France was one of Russia’s key partners in Europe and the whole world. Putin offered the French foreign minister to discuss bilateral relations and key international issues at their meeting on Tuesday.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said French President Francois Hollande expects to see the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, in October 2016.
"I would like to tell you that our president expects to see you in October this year," he told Putin at a meeting in the Kremlin.
He also extended Hollande’s greetings to the Russian president. "Please tell him the same from me and my best wishes," Putin added.