Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a surprise meeting with France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, but dismissed suggestions that Moscow will influence the French election in her favour.
The pair did not discuss the possibility of Russian Federation offering any financial help to her political party, according to Mr Peskov.
Putin's meeting with Le Pen came amid rising controversy over whether Russia tried to influence the US presidential election by hacking computer accounts of the Democratic National Committee, and over meetings between members of President Donald Trump's inner circle and the Russian ambassador.
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on Thursday also said it was "fictional" to think Russia wanted to interfere in the French vote, before praising Le Pen as a "realist or anti-globalist" figure. Since 2011, Le Pen has visited Russian Federation four times, including one visit to the annexed region of Crimea. Her party said that French banks had refused to lend it any money. "Russia has been mistreated by the European Union and its vassal France", she said.
"He represents a sovereign nation", Ms Le Pen said.
Le Pen said in turn that besides the solidarity of the worldwide society regarding this issue "it would be probably also worth to think how to help the development of the African region, particularly Sahara and Sahel".
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In addition, Marine Le Pen spoke about the stupidity of sanctions imposed on Russian Federation.
The French politician, who is now at the top of the polls for the first round of the elections, arrived in Moscow early on Friday and met officials from the Duma's worldwide affairs committee. Le Pen herself received a controversial loan from a Russian bank in 2014.
In January Le Pen visited Trump's headquarters but left without meeting the U.S. president-elect or any of his staff.
But given her anti-immigrant views and record of defending French colonialism in Africa, the visit didn't go down well with Chadians.
"My stance has remained unchanged ever since the conflict began", Le Pen said.
According to the poll for France Televisions, independent centrist Mr Macron was seen winning 26 per cent of the vote, followed by Ms Le Pen on 25 per cent. "His foreign policy will be based on this", Kasyanov said.