Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron held negotiations during the first meeting, particularly heads of states addressed Russian aggression in Ukrainian Donbas.
"Speaking about situation in Ukraine: we spoke about various details and implementation of the so-called Minsk process. We want the negotiations within Normandy format to happen in the nearest time so that we could discuss the subject. And in his Normandy format we would like to hear the OSCE report on structural elements of current events. We exchanged views on the topic. I said that I would like de-escalation to be reached within the Minsk process," Macron announced.
Answering the question of Russian journalists why Russia Today and Sputnik employees were denied access to his HQ during presidential campaign, Macron said that these media act as "propagandist agencies". French president said this during press conference, Le Figaro informs.
"I have always had great relations with foreign journalists, but they have to be journalists. Russia Today and Sputnik are not behaving as media, but as bodies of influence and propaganda. False propaganda. And I felt that they should not access my headquarters," Macron announced.
As it was earlier reported, Marcon advocates for the early meeting on Ukraine within Normandy format.