“The President has made a decision to cancel this visit (to Paris),” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state-run news agency TASS.
Putin was scheduled to attend events linked to the opening of a Russian religious and cultural center, but the trip was canceled because the events “fell out of the program.”
But a French government official told CNN that Putin canceled because he did not agree with Hollande’s request that the meeting be dedicated to Syria.
Putin was scheduled to visit Paris October 19.
Debating whether to meet Putin, Hollande told TF1: “I have asked…