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French President On First Russia Visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) met in Paris with French President Francois Hollande in June.
French President Francois Hollande is preparing to make his first official visit to Russia.

The Kremlin press service said Hollande would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss bilateral relations, particularly trade, energy, investment, and cooperation in innovation and advanced technology.

Hollande is also expected to inform Putin about France’s military campaign in Mali, where French troops have helped local forces and forces from other African countries battle Islamic militants from positions they occupied last year.

Hollande was due in Moscow late on February 27 and was expected to stay through the following day.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax