President of France Emmanuel Macron has ignored the Russian delegation at the ongoing Paris Book Fair. Yevgeniy Reznichenko, the official representative of the Russian mission told that to RIA Novosti news agency.
According to him, it was expected that the French leader would approach the Russian bookstand; however, his office informed the Russian side that the visit would not take place. Later, Russian ambassador in France Aleksei Meshkov expressed regrets due to Macron's absence.
The head of the French state also got himself a present from Ukraine; an unnamed person from the Ukrainian delegation at Paris Book Fair passed Macon the book by Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian movie maker who currently stays in illegal detention in Russia. According to Ukraine's Embassy in France, this is a compilation of stories by Sentsov, translated in French.
As it is known, Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment. None of the detainees pleaded guilty. Ukraine has been repeatedly demanding that Russia release Sentsov and Kolchenko, considering them political prisoners of the Kremlin.
Emmanuel Macron supported the British government's decision to suspend any bilateral contacts with Russia - due to the recent spy poisoning case. On March 13, British PM Theresa May said there is a decent chance that Russia is involved in the incident. The experts found out that former officer of Russia's military intelligence Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Russia-made neuro-paralytic agent.