Putin, in telegram to France's Macron, says ready for constructive work

"The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a difficult time for Europe and the whole world community," Putin told Macron.
"The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a difficult time for Europe and the whole world community," Putin told Macron.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin sent France's President-elect Emmanuel Macron a telegram to congratulate him on his election victory and told him Russia was ready for constructive work on bilateral and global issues, the Kremlin said on Monday (May 8).

"The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a difficult time for Europe and the whole world community. The growth in threats of terrorism and militant extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilisation of whole regions," the telegram to Macron read, according to the Kremlin.

"In these conditions it is especially important to overcome mutual mistrust and unite efforts to ensure international stability and security," Putin told Macron.