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Putin to hold phone call with Macron, meet with Security Council members on August 10

Vladimir Putin will hold international phone calls on August 10, the Kremlin reports

MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold international phone calls on Friday, including with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, and also hold working meetings, particularly with the permanent members of the national Security Council, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

According to him, the president is working in Moscow on Friday. "He is scheduled to hold several international telephone conversations. I confirm the statement the Elysee Palace issued yesterday, as there indeed will be a conversation with Macron," Peskov said, adding that information about one more telephone call would be provided later.

Besides, the Kremlin spokesman said that the Russian president would also hold a number of meetings, including with the permanent members of the country’s Security Council.

Reuters reported on Thursday, citing a source in the French presidential administration, that Macron planned to hold a telephone call with Putin on Friday to discuss the case of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker convicted of terrorism charges in Russia.

Sentsov case

On August 25, 2015, Russia’s North Caucasus District Military Court sentenced Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in prison on charges of establishing a terrorist group in Crimea. In the spring of 2014, the group’s members carried two terrorist attacks in the Crimean city of Simferopol, setting on fire the offices of Crimea’s Russian Community organization and the United Russia party’s Crimean branch.