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Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin Hold 'Frank' Talks On Syria, Ukraine

Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin

France's President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin sought to improve their countries' strained ties Monday during talks at Versailles palace the French leader described as "extremely frank."

Their first meeting since Macron took office provided another test of the Frenchman's diplomatic skills after his memorable vice-grip handshake last week with US President Donald Trump.

This time, the handshake was warmer but the tone guarded after an hour of talks on the 300th anniversary of a visit to Versailles by tsar Peter the Great.

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US President Donald Trump To Speak With Russia's Vladimir Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump will speak with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by telephone on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement. The call is scheduled for 12:30 pm (1630 GMT). A senior Trump administration official said the two leaders would likely discuss the civil war in Syria, where Moscow backs the government of Bashar al-Assad and the United States supports rebels trying to overthrow him..

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