The Elysee Palace hopes that the forthcoming French-Russian summit will re-affirm the privileged position of the cooperation between Paris and Moscow, according to a source in Jacques Chirac's closest entourage. Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to visit Paris on January 15 on a brief working visit. "Putin will hold negotiations with Chirac, which will become a new step in Russia's even closer rapprochement with France and the European Union, the source stressed.
They did not initially want democracy in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Americans wanted to take those countries under their control