French President, Emmanuel Macron, has revealed the invitation of Russian President, Vladimir Putin for talks on August 19, days before hosting the G7 summit.
Macron also disclosed that the venue for the meeting with Putin would be the medieval fort of Bregancon near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas on France’s Mediterranean coast.
The French president justified the venue when he was speaking in Bormes-les-Mimosas, where he said that fort was chosen because it offers the possibility “to work in isolation… and receive foreign leaders, which I will do with Vladimir Putin in a few weeks’ time”.
Macron, in June, expressed his intentions to meet Putin after the two leaders had a long conversation.He added that “I believe that within the framework of the G7, it’s essential that we take this initiative (with Russia)… in order to explore all the forms of cooperation on key topics of destabilisation or conflict, without naivety but without closing the door,”.
In 2014, Russia was suspended from what used to be known as the G8 over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
France holds the 2019 presidency of the G7, which includes Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. The summit is scheduled to come off on August 24 to 26 in the French city of Biarritz.
Leaders from the above mentioned nations are set to gather to hold billateral talks.
The G7 also known as the group of seven, was founded in the early 1970s and consists of countries such as France, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. These countries are regarded as the nations with the seven largest economies of the world.Together, they represent more than 62% ($280trillion) of the global net wealth.