French President Macron discussed Ukraine, Libya with Russia's Putin

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron holds a video meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the situations in Ukraine and Libya, which have been hit by political unrest, on Friday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, according to a statement from Macron's office.

Macron said he was keen for relations to improve between the European Union and Russia.

Last month, European Union leaders rejected a Franco-German proposal to hold a summit with Russia after Poland and Baltic countries said it would send the wrong message as East-West ties deteriorate.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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