The Russian-French consultations in the format "2 2" gives hope for the restoration of dialogue and the overcoming of the misunderstandings between Russia and the EU, France as one of the leading political forces of the European Union with the Foundation of traditional historical ties with Russia, trying to contribute to it, said RIA Novosti leading researcher of the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, candidate of political Sciences Sergei Fedorov.
Thursday in Paris was held a Russian-French consultations on strategic stability in the format "2 2". The Russian side was represented by the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov and Grushko Alexander Deputy head of the defense Ministry Alexander Fomin. As reported, the Russian foreign Ministry following the meeting, the sides discussed the issues of European and global security, strategic stability, and current issues of non-proliferation and arms control, the prevention of an arms race in space, the relations Russia–EU and Russia–NATO. The French foreign Ministry, in turn, informed that the consultations were discussed military and political aspects of regional and international crises, including the situation in Iran, Libya, Syria and the consequences of a pandemic coronavirus.
France condemns the armed clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and urged both sides to respect the ceasefire and to resume the dialogue, reads the statement of the representative of the foreign Ministry of the country.
"France condemns the armed clashes that took place Sunday on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan led to the deaths of several people. She urged both sides to respect the ceasefire and resume dialogue to prevent an escalation," - said in a statement.
The incident between the Turkish and French frigates — proof "brain death" NATO, the President said Emmanuel macron.
He called the incident unacceptable.
The representative of the foreign Ministry of France said about the constant position against the death penalty "anywhere and under any circumstances," commenting on the decision of the Federal authorities of the United States, and urged all States applying this punishment to introduce a moratorium on it.
Earlier, the U.S. Department of justice reported that Federal authorities plan to resume in mid-July the death penalty after a nearly 20-year hiatus.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian said that any violence against journalists and peaceful protesters is unacceptable in the United States or in other countries.
"Any violence committed against peaceful protesters and journalists, is unacceptable neither in the US nor anywhere else," said Le Drian in an interview to the newspaper Telegramme.
The French foreign Ministry has denied reports that the leader of the Venezuelan opposition Juan Guido is in the French Embassy in Caracas.
Earlier, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza said that Guido hiding in the French Embassy, and noted that the government was awaiting his extradition to justice.