Russia's Putin visits France in new role as PM


By Gleb Bryanski PARIS, May 29 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will signal he still has clout in shaping Russia's foreign relations during a visit to France that includes a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy. The meeting on Thursday is a departure from usual protocol for prime ministerial visits, underlining Putin's importance even though his protege, Dmitry Medvedev, replaced him as president earlier this month. France holds the EU presidency for six months from July 1. ...

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