Putin meets France's Le Pen in Moscow, says won't interfere in election

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 24, 2017 7:17 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin met French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday and told her Russia had no intention of interfering in France's presidential election.

Le Pen, who has said she admires the Russian leader, was visiting Russia at the invitation of Leonid Slutsky, head of the lower house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, Russian news agencies reported.

State TV showed Putin telling Le Pen Moscow reserved the right to meet any French politician it wanted.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn)