French President Emmanuel Macron refused a Russian COVID-19 test during his visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin over fears Russian authorities could use the test to obtain his DNA, according to a report.
Macron later appeared on a long Putin table.
“We knew full well that meant no handshake and that long table. But we couldn’t accept them getting their hands on the president’s DNA,” a source said, according to Reuters.
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Asked by the media, a spokesperson for Macron said: “The president has doctors who define with him the rules that are acceptable or not with regard to his own health protocol”. Fox News Digital has contacted the French Embassy in Washington for comment.
Macron chose to undergo a PCR test in France and an antigen test in Russia, both of which were negative, according to the report. He had previously tested positive for COVID-19 in December 2020.
Another source close to the French president said Russian officials were strict and uncompromising in their protection of Putin’s health, insisting world leaders be kept in a metaphorical health bubble.
However, it appears Russian officials weren’t particularly upset by Macron’s nervousness, as long as everyone followed the alternative rules.
“There is no politics in this, it does not interfere with the negotiations in any way,” a Kremlin spokesman told the outlet.
The 44-year-old French president, who is due to run again later this year, made headlines earlier this week using the word “emmerder” – rooted in the French word for “shit” and meaning to annoy or annoy.
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He was talking about his strategy to pressure vaccine refusals to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. His vulgar language dominated television news and provoked angry reactions from his political rivals.
Meanwhile, amid rising tensions along the Russian-Ukrainian border, President Biden warned Americans who remain in Ukraine that they have to leave the country.
“American citizens should leave now,” Biden told NBC News’ Lester Holt in a pre-recorded interview that aired Thursday night.
“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization,” Biden said. “We’re dealing with one of the biggest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation and things could get crazy fast.”
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Biden also said there was no scenario in which he would send troops to rescue Americans in Ukraine trying to flee the country. “There isn’t. It’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at each other,” Biden said. “We are in a very different world than we have ever been.”
Kyle Morris of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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