FORT DE BREGANCON /France/, August 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin linked the protest rallies held in Moscow with the electoral cycle. "All this is linked to the electoral cycle," he told journalists ahead of negotiations with French President Emmanuel Macron. "Elections to regional government authorities, including in Moscow, are to be held in September this year.".
Putin said that those responsible for clashes with police during mass demonstrations in Moscow must be brought to justice.
"The people have the right to peace protests in accordance with the law, and the authorities must guarantee the observance of these rights," Putin told a news conference ahead of talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday. "But nobody, neither the authorities nor some groups of people, have the right to violate the existing law and bring the situation to a point of absurdity or clashes with the authorities. It is a violation of the law and all those responsible for violations must be brought to justice."
He also reiterated about yellow vest protests carried out in France, though he admitted that he as a guest finds it awkward to talk about it. "Still, I have to, as you ask me this question," he said addressing journalists. Putin reiterated that 11 people were killed and 2,500 people were injured in these incidents. "We do not want such events to take place in the Russian capital," the head of state highlighted. "We will do everything possible for our domestic political situation to develop strictly under the current law," he said.Putin reiterated that there were protest rallies in Moscow this past July and August which were authorized and "were held peacefully and without any incidents." "I would like everything to be held in this way in our country in the future," he concluded.