President Jacques Chirac of France will arrive in Sochi on Friday, July 19th, to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. That same day the negotiations between the two leaders will be held. Then, Vladimir Putin and Jacques Chirac are expected to give a joint news conference.
The day before, the official spokesman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that "the coming negotiations of Jacques Chirac in Sochi with Vladimir Putin are very important for France and for the future of French-Russian relations." "The Sochi summit will give a new impetus to these relations for their multilateral development," he underscored.
On July 20th, the President of France will return to Paris.
Last time Jacques Chirac visited Russia in July 2001.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969