Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin joked as they approached the topic of international security: the Russian president asked his French counterpart not to be afraid – the latter was keen to reassure him.
This May 25, at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum , the French and Russian presidents had a light exchange on the form and more serious on the merits. While Emmanuel Macron evoked France’s position on the United States in terms of security, defending any “systematic alignment” with Washington, Vladimir Putin reacted by enjoining his counterpart to “do not be afraid “. “We will do everything that depends on us so that there are no new threats [in the world],” said the Russian president.
Acting again, Emmanuel Macron retorted: “I want to reassure Vladimir, I’m not afraid, because France has an army that knows how to protect itself anyway.” The French president then wanted to conclude by estimating that Moscow and Paris had each “their end of the road”.
“Too bad!” Vladimir Putin slipped with a slight smile.