France's Marine Le Pen visits Moscow

France's Marine Le Pen visits MoscowWhile visiting Moscow, France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has called for the lifting of EU sanctions on Russia.

The National Front (FN) leader called for closer French-Russian ties at a meeting in the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament.

Talking with the Duma's speaker, she described sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea as counterproductive, Interfax reported. When Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, the U.S. and EU imposed travel bans and asset freezes on individuals and companies linked to Russia's ruling elite.

"I believe that barring parliamentarians from speaking to each other, working together is an infringement of democratic rights," Interfax quoted her as saying in a meeting with Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

She vowed to push for the so-called "blacklists" of targeted individuals to be abolished.

Le Pen also said that Russia and France should work together to save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism.

Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian Duma's international affairs committee, said Le Pen's visit was "courageous".

Later on the day, Le Pen has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, according to reports.

Russian media said Putin told the Front National leader that the Kremlin has no intention of interfering with the election beginning in France next month.
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