Putin to France’s Macron: Let’s ‘overcome mutual mistrust’

Putin to France’s Macron: Let’s ‘overcome mutual mistrust’
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia offered help with coronavirus vaccine, US declined: report Bill Gates: 'We'd be lucky' to have coronavirus vaccine before end of 2020 Russia says coronavirus vaccine will be ready for doctors in two weeks MORE on Monday told French President-elect Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran International leaders pledge nearly 0M in aid after Beirut explosion MORE that the two countries should end their “mutual mistrust.”

“The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a difficult time for Europe and the whole world community,” Putin said in a congratulatory telegram to Macron, according to Reuters.

“The growth in threats of terrorism and militant extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of whole regions,” he added.

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“In these conditions it is especially important to overcome mutual mistrust and unite efforts to ensure international stability and security.”

Macron, leader of the center-left En Marche! Party, won France’s presidential election on Sunday. Rival Marine Le Pen reportedly called Macron and conceded shortly after projections showed him far ahead.

A large archive of emails purportedly from Macron’s campaign was leaked on Friday, two days before the election.

“The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and coordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information,” Macron’s campaign said in a statement.

It is unclear who orchestrated the leaks.

Flashpoint, a New York-based cyberintelligence consultancy, told Reuters Monday there are signs a hacker group with Russian military ties was behind the incident.

Putin has denied Moscow interferes in foreign elections, and the Kremlin voiced support for Macron’s rivals before Sunday’s vote.