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Russian President Vladimir Putin does not like to be criticized by anyone. During the French presidential campaigns, he sided against Emmanuel Macron, but Macron invited Putin to visit anyway. Supposedly, Macron wanted to improve the troubled relationship between France and Russia, but if that truly was his goal, he missed the mark. He criticized Russia’s backing of the Syrian government and their use of chemical weapons on the Syrian people and then he accused the government run media as being nothing but a propaganda machine.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a blunt greeting to Vladi­mir Putin on Monday, criticizing the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s Russian-backed government and blasting Russia’s state-run news media as “organs of influence and propaganda.”

Macron had invited the Russian leader to France to reset a relationship that has turned increasingly sour. Putin did more than any other foreign leader to undermine Macron’s legitimacy in this country’s recent presidential election, meeting with his far-right opponent during the campaign.

His meeting with Putin came just days after Macron made his mark on the world stage, welcoming President Trump with an aggressive handshake that the French leader later said was intended to show that he wouldn’t “make small concessions.” …

It seems that Macron took lessons on how win enemies and uninfluenced friends from Donald Trump. Macron spoke bluntly and opening about and with Putin concerning a number of issues. In the end, he said that Russia and France can work together to help fight terrorism, however, Putin as told the US that also, but still continues to back several regimes that the US opposes, including Syria’s.

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