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On eve of Trump summit, Putin to meet French president
AP 9 days ago
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, clenches a fist as he stands beside King Philippe of Belgium prior to the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
FILE - in this May 7, 2018 file photo Vladimir Putin shakes hands with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder during his inauguration ceremony as new Russia's president in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. In a combative start to his NATO visit, President Donald Trump asserted Wednesday that a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" and blasted NATO allies' defense spending, opening what was expected to be a fraught summit with a list of grievances involving American allies. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during their bilateral meeting, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the World Cup final in Moscow — and on the eve of the Russian leader's high-stakes talks with President Donald Trump.
Macron's office said Wednesday that he and Putin spoke by phone after France's soccer team advanced to Sunday's final. Macron will travel back to Russia for the match after attending Tuesday's semifinal between France and Belgium.
Macron's office said he will take advantage of his trip to meet with Putin, but didn't elaborate on what they will discuss.
Macron has sought to raise France's profile by engaging with other world leaders even when they take controversial actions. Macron met Wednesday with Trump at a NATO summit in Brussels where the U.S. president has criticized European allies.
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