Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron gave a joint press conference today, highlighted by Macron publicly accusing two Russian media outlets of spreading propaganda against him.
- The two outlets: Russia Today and Sputnik, both of which operate in the United States.
- The backstory: Much like in the United States, Russian outlets were instrumental in backing the populist Marine Le Pen during the French election. Before Putin and Macon met, Le Pen tweeted that she “rejoices that Vladimir Putin is being welcomed to France. Our relations must be normalized.”
- Putin’s pushback, per AP: “Vladimir Putin described Le Pen as a politician who wants to develop friendly ties with Russia. Vladimir says it would be strange if Russia rebuffed overtures from European politicians who want to strengthen relations. He says the meeting with Le Pen did not represent an attempt to sway the race.”