Will Tensions Over Syria Derail France and Russia’s Long-Term Relations?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande during a news conference, Moscow, Russia, Nov. 26, 2015 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande during a news conference, Moscow, Russia, Nov. 26, 2015 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
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Russia’s deepening role in the Syrian conflict continues to damage its relations with the West, as the brutal Moscow-backed Syrian offensive on Aleppo shows no signs of abating. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled a planned visit to Paris after his French counterpart Francois Hollande called Russian airstrikes in Syria “war crimes.” That followed Moscow’s veto of a French-backed U.N. Security Council draft resolution condemning the violence in Aleppo. Putin, whose visit was initially planned to inaugurate the opening of a Russian cultural center in Paris, reacted to Hollande’s comments that the trip would be downgraded to “a working […]

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