2017-05-26 17:24:00

Putin to visit Russian cultural spiritual center after talks with Macron - Kremlin

Moscow, May 26, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the Russian cultural and spiritual center, which opened last year, during his visit to France on May 29, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

"The entirety of the work relating to the construction of this center was constantly within our president's field of attention, naturally he has to visit this center," Ushakov told journalists on Friday.

The president will do so after talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, he said.

Putin was invited to attend the center's opening by the previous French president, Francois Hollande, the presidential aide said. "But due to well-known circumstances, that trip did not take place," Ushakov said.

Putin had been planning to visit France last October to participate, among other things, in the opening of the Russian cultural and spiritual center in Paris.

Putin said later that the visit was postponed, including by France, and stressed the good nature of his personal relations with Hollande.

For his part Hollande stated shortly before the planned visit that he doubted the necessity of meeting with his Russian counterpart during his Paris visit. The French president was wondering "whether such a meeting is useful and whether it could have some effect" in light of the latest developments around Syria.

As a result, the Russian delegation at the opening ceremony was led by Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky.