"It’s never been our perspective in France," he said in an interview with CBS that was aired on Sunday.
"More than that, we have very close relations from a cultural and historical point of view. And we have always respected the Russian people," TASS reported.
Macron said he had "very long discussions" with the Russian president and "there was this clear awareness of how the Russian people are a great people, with great history.".endNewsMessage1