Russian President Vladimir Putin has indefinitely postponed a trip to France after Paris had revised its program for the visit and said it would talk about nothing else but the Syrian crisis.
French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that Putin put off his visit set for next week after Hollande let him know he wouldn’t take part in the opening of a new Russian Orthodox church and was only interested in talks about Syria.
Over the weekend, Russia blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution proposed by France and Spain on ending the hostilities in the war-torn country, blaming Paris for the refusal to discuss a compromise version. And on Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia for possible war crimes in Syria.
“France has a major disagreement with Russia over Syria,” Hollande said. “And the Russian veto to the French resolution at the U.N. council has prevented the cessation of the bombings, as well as the proclamation of a cease-fire.”