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Dialogue of Putin, Macron to continue if necessary, not happening now — Kremlin

"We don’t consider it possible to comment on Turkish-French relations," Dmitry Peskov said

MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/. The dialogue between the presidents of Russia and France, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, could be resumed but it’s not happening now, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"There’s a separate dialogue <...> between President Putin and President Macron. If necessary, it will continue," Peskov said. " Unfortunately, we now have nothing to boast about, and for this we are not to blame, in the context of Russian-French relations and the context of Russia’s relations with EU countries. Nonetheless, we know that potentially, if there’s a need, this dialogue could continue," the spokesman said.

Peskov withheld comment on recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who described Macron as incompetent and dishonest.

"We don’t consider it possible to comment on Turkish-French relations," the spokesman said.

He said, "President Putin and President Erdogan have special relations."

"They are indeed based on mutual trust, mutual respect and adherence to the commitments they take on. The ability to follow through on what they say, on their commitments, is mutually appreciated," Peskov said.