Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit France on August 19 to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the further work in the Normandy format with French President Emmanuel Macron.

"Indeed, a working visit of the Russian president to France on August 19 is being prepared. It will be a one-day visit," Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said, as reported by Russian news agency TASS.

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"The topics are obvious, that is Russian-French bilateral cooperation, which has a very rich economic content, and international issues... Of course, this is Ukraine. They will also discuss the prospects for continuing work in the Normandy format," Peskov added.