MOSCOW, July 13 (Sputnik) - The relationships between Moscow and Paris are “open, steady and good” and dialogue with Russia is in France’s interests, French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann said on Friday ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron’s arrival in Moscow for the World Cup final.
This will be Macron's third visit to Russia since late May as he also attended France's 1-0 victory over Belgium in the semi-finals in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
“France is certain that it is necessary to have dialogue with Russia as a permanent member of the [United Nations] Security Council in order to find a solution for major diplomatic challenges and global objectives… The communication with Russia is in France’s interests because it helps building relations based on trust, which are necessary for a good relationship with Russia,” Bermann said.
She also said that Russia had become Macron’s most visited country outside the European Union over the past two months.
“We have open, steady and good relationships,” Bermann added.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 with the final showdown between France and Croatia set to take place at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.