Russian president cancels France visit after war crimes comments

“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.

Hollande had earlier suggested to French TV station TF1 that he was mulling whether to cancel the meeting with Putin, saying that those behind the bombardment of Aleppo — alluding to Syria and Russia — had committed “war crimes” in the Syrian city and should be held accountable at the International Criminal Court.

Putin was scheduled to visit Paris October 19.

The city of Aleppo has become the epicenter of the Syrian war.

Debating whether to meet Putin, Hollande told TF1: “I have asked…

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