Paris correspondents asked the head of the foreign policy department whether Moscow is going to “influence” the results of the upcoming presidential elections in France and the results of the referendum on the independence of New Caledonia. In response, Lavrov noted with irony that any of his answers to this question would once again be regarded by the West as interference.
“Any my answer will be used against me, will be interpreted as the very intervention in the internal affairs of France, Spain and other countries,” the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry joked at a press conference in Paris.
Election of the next President of France is scheduled for April 10, 2022. A referendum on the independence of New Caledonia is due on December 12th.
The press conference took place after talks in the “2 + 2” format, which Sergei Lavrov, together with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, held with their French counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parley. The parties discussed issues of global security and contradictions that exist between the two states. It is noted that the Kremlin highly appreciated the desire of French President Emmanuel Macron to build a constructive dialogue with Russia.