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Meeting with Nicolas Sarkozy

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Vladimir Putin met with ex-president of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy. The two politicians discussed Russian-French relations, current pan-European problems, and the situation in the world in general.

Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
With former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Meeting with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
At a meeting with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
With former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
With former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: How do I address you now – Mr President or Doctor Sarkozy? You now hold the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of our respectable higher education institution, MGIMO [Moscow State Institute of International Relations], and I want to congratulate you on that. I understand that your lecture there has made a strong impression on the audience, and not just on those who were present in the hall.

I am very happy to see you – it’s been a long time, a whole year. Many events have taken place over that period – in Europe, in the world, and in our bilateral relations. I am very happy to see you and have this opportunity to discuss all these problems.

Nicolas Sarkozy (retranslated): Mr President, I see that information updates are getting fast to Moscow.

Vladimir Putin: The profession obliges.

Nicolas Sarkozy: Mr President, I am very happy to visit Moscow again. As you might have noticed, many events took place, but you know what my earnest conviction is: the world needs Russia – Russia and Europe are bound to work together.

Despite the fact that sometimes there were differences between us – between our countries – but when we spoke with you, we were always able to make the right compromise. And I do not understand how you can make a compromise if you do not discuss the problem and do not talk to your opponent. We need to talk to each other, listen to each other and what’s most important – we need to respect each other. I believe that these are the main development patterns for Russia and France: there is a need for mutual respect.

Vladimir Putin: True, we did manage to do a lot of things.

Nicolas Sarkozy: I think that no one felt betrayed or humiliated then.

I am not saying that the compromise we made was ideal in itself but we managed to avoid a confrontation, and I am sure that we need to pull out of this confrontation period that we are going through.

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