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Putin, Hollande have meeting at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport

December 06, 2014, 16:20 UTC+3

Putin is confident the visit of Hollande will favour settlement of many international problems

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© Alexey Dryzinin/The Kremlin press service/TASS

AIRPORT VNUKOVO, December 6. /TASS/. Presidents of Russia and France Putin and Hollande have begun a meeting at the governmental terminal of the Moscow Vnukovo airport.

The talks have not been pre-planned, and were agreed within last 24 hours.

Hollande is making a stop in Moscow on the way home from Kazakhstan, where he was on a two-day visit.

Vladimir Putin is confident the visit of France’s President Francois Hollande will favour settlement of many international problems.

“You have initiated meeting in Normancy to settle the problems you have mentioned. The problems are complicated, but still the discussion we have about them, still gives certain positive results, and I am sure that your visit today, so short, a working visit, will, no doubt, favour settlement of many problems,” Putin said opening a meeting with Hollande.

“Thank you for having found time on the way home, as we decided in Australia, to land in Moscow for a few minutes’ talk about the problems we are facing now and which we should settle,” Putin said. “I am so glad to see you. Welcome.”

Francois Hollande said: “Thank you for having found several minutes to talk to me today.”

“I believe at some moment it is necessary to overcome the obstacles, the walls, which may separate us, and I believe we can do this,” Hollande said.

“I was flying over Moscow and made a decision to stop over here for discussing the most significant issues related to Ukraine’s crisis and to all the sufferings stemming out of it for the Ukrainians, for the European Union and for Russia as well,” he said.

“The discussion we started within the G20 framework must go ahead,” Hollande said. “Russia and France are motivated to do it and they are willing it. On June 6 we spoke about an urgency to find solutions and to work together. We spoke with Angela Merkel. We think that Russia and France will definitely find an appropriate solution.”.

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