Macron urges Putin to act on 'modernisation' of Russia

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French President Emmanuel Macron's office said he spoke by phone on Monday with newly re-elected President Vladimir Putin, when he voiced his hopes for a modernisation of Russia 'on the political, democratic, economic and social fronts', while also discussing Syria and calling for clarity over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in Britain.

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French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone to President Vladimir Putin on Monday, and wished Russia and its people success in modernising the country after Sunday’s election victory, reports Reuters.