Putin Meets French Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen

Joint worldwide efforts are the main tool to raise the effectiveness of the fight against terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting with leader of France's National Front political party Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, told reporters on a conference call that Putin and Le Pen had not discussed the possibility of Russian Federation offering any financial help to her political party.

Le Pen's visit comes weeks before the first round of French presidential elections on April 23, although the right-wing leader said her visit had nothing to do with attracting votes.

Earlier Friday, Le Pen met Russian parliamentary speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, calling for increasing cooperation with Russia in the fight against "terrorism".

Ms Le Pen favours strong links between France and Russian Federation, and wants the European Union to lift sanctions imposed on Moscow over the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. He said the campaign registered thousands of attempted attacks from an IP address in Ukraine suspected to be part of a coordinated campaign from Russian Federation.

Also read: Does Russia need the support of Marine Le Pen?

Le Pen drew attention to the fact that some of her French colleagues who had expressed agreement with her during the election campaign eventually changed their opinion for time-serving considerations.

A Russia-friendly approach to geopolitics runs in the Le Pen family. She called for European sanctions to be lifted from Russian Federation, and said Russian Federation and France should share counter-terrorism intelligence information.

The French politician, who is now at the top of the polls for the first round of the elections, arrived in Moscow early on Friday and met officials from the Duma's global affairs committee.

"This meeting is especially important now that a serious terrorist threat hangs over all of us", Le Pen said, according to a transcript provided by the Kremlin.

Russian state-controlled television stations and other media have offered extensive, friendly coverage of Le Pen and Fillon while casting Macron in a more negative light, presenting him as a puppet of outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande. "His foreign policy will be based on this", Kasyanov said.

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