Putin plans to visit France even after Hollande’s comment

Putin plans to visit France even after Hollande’s commentFrench President Francois Hollande said on Sunday he was unsure whether to see his Russian counterpart when he visits Paris on October 19 and condemned Vladimir Putin's "unacceptable" support for Syrian air strikes.

Asked about the visit, Hollande told TF1 television he would "probably" receive Putin.

"I'm still asking myself the question," he said.

"Can we do anything that will make him stop what he is in the process of committing with the Syrian regime, which is supporting the bombing of Aleppo's population by its air forces?" Hollande said.

The population of heavily bombarded eastern Aleppo "are today the victims of war crimes", the French president said. "Those who commit these acts will be held responsible, including before the International Criminal Court."

Despite such Hollande’s rhetoric, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed on Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin still plans to visit France later this month.

"Preparation for Putin's upcoming visit to Paris continues," Peskov told journalists.
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