Putin to meet with French, German and UK leaders during France visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the 70th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings in Normandy and will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of France, the United Kingdom and Germany during his June 5-6 visit to France.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the 70th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings in Normandy and will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of France, the United Kingdom and Germany during his June 5-6 visit to France.

"The president of the Russian Federation is expected to hold bilateral meetings with UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris on June 5, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel [in Normandy] on June 6," the presidential press service has said.

On June 5, Paris will also host a meeting between Putin and French President Francois Hollande.

"It will be the first personal meeting of the heads of state this year. Putin and Hollande have already spoken over the phone five times [in February, March and May 2014]," the press service said.

Putin and Hollande held their last bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg in the autumn of 2013.

The ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II will be held at the Benouville Castle, lower Normandy. It will be attended by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany, the United States, the UK, Italy and other countries. The presidents and prime ministers of 18 countries have been invited to the events.

Hollande is expected to give an official dinner ahead of the ceremony. The guests will also be treated to a musical and video theater performance.

No official speeches are expected to be delivered during the ceremony, the Kremlin press service said.

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