Vladimir Putin. Pic/AFPVladimir Putin. Pic/AFP

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin has cancelled a planned visit to Paris, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, but remains open to meeting Francois Hollande when the French leader is ready.

“The president has decided to cancel this visit,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, referring to a long-planned trip to Paris set for October 19.

“From the very start of his exchanges with his French colleague, President Putin noted that he is ready to visit Paris when it is comfortable for President Hollande.”