Russian Federation highly values relations with France and does not want to interfere in the elections in the country. This was reported by President Vladimir Putin during the meeting with Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front Party in Moscow, according to the official website of Russian president.
"I am, of course, aware of the ongoing election campaign in France. In no case do we want to influence the events as they unfold, but we reserve the right to communicate with all representatives of all political forces in France, just like our partners in Europe and the United States are doing," Putin said.
According to Putin, Russia highly values relations with France and tries to maintain good relations with incumbent government and the opposition.
French politician and presidential candidate Le Pen came at the invitation of the State Duma – the parliament of the Russian Federation.
Le Pen noted that France has deep cultural, economic and strategic ties with Russia. "This meeting is especially important when we are facing such a serious terrorist threat," French politician said.
Le Pen came to Russia four times since 2011, however this visit is symbolic as it is prior to presidential election in France.
It is noteworthy that Marine Le Pen repeatedly called for lifting European sanctions against Russia.