Putin urges Macron to 'overcome mutual distrust' and 'join forces'
SERGEI CHIRIKOV (POOL/AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged French election winner Emmanuel Macron to bridge deep rifts and work together to fight the "growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism".
"The citizens of France entrusted you to lead the country in a difficult period for Europe and for the entire world community. The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of entire regions," Putin said in a congratulatory telegram released by the Kremlin.
"In these condition it is especially important to overcome mutual distrust and join forces to ensure international stability and security."
Russian ties to hacking
On April 25, a report by Japanese cyber-security company Trend Micro, blamed a so-called "phishing" attack targeting the Macron campaign on Russian hacking group Pawn Storm, also known as Fancy Bears, Tsar Team and APT28.
The group, suspected of close links to the Russian security services, is also accused of having targeted the Democratic Party during last year's US presidential election, in which Republican-backed Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In January the US intelligence community announced it had concluded Russia interfered in the election -- and that Putin himself ordered a campaign to undermine the US democratic process and harm Clinton's electability in order to help Trump win.
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poor little closer case Putin lost h ok so French election. more Western sanctions on Russia for Crimea and having... much larger ones.