French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is expected to visit Moscow on Friday to meet with Russian lawmakers, a high-ranking member of the Russian parliament announced.
Le Pen will attend a meeting of the lower house of parliament's international affairs committee, the committee's chairman Leonid Slutsky said Thursday in comments carried by Russian state media.
The meeting's agenda includes talks on the fight against terrorism. Le Pen's visit is part of the "traditionally close cooperation" between Russian and French politicians, Slutsky said.
Le Pen, along with conservative hopeful Francois Fillon, is more friendly to Moscow than centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron or socialist Benoit Hamon.
Relations with Russia were one of the sparring points in the first televized debate of the French presidential campaign on Monday night.
Macron accusing Le Pen of wanting to "side with" Russian President Vladimir Putin, while Fillon played down Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimea from Ukraine.
The Kremlin, meanwhile, has officially denied a report by satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine that Fillon had acted as go-between to set up a meeting between Putin and Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi.
Putin had praised Fillon as "a professional to a high extent" after the latter won the centre-right nomination in November.
The National Front leader's Moscow trip will not be the first major foreign engagement by a candidate.
Both Macron and Fillon have been received by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has made it clear that she is not interested in meeting Le Pen.