France and Russia Join Hands to Combat Terrorism

President of Russia Vladimir Putin with President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of Russia Vladimir Putin with President of France Emmanuel Macron

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin met with President of France Emmanuel Macron on Monday to hold bilateral talks on a number of issues impacting both the countries.

According to a Kremlin communique, the two leaders spoke about the Ukrainian crisis and opportunities for solving the Syrian issue, besides the “highly dangerous situation surrounding the North Korean nuclear issue and missile programme.”

“We are fully committed to searching for joint solutions to all these problems. Of course, these solutions must improve the situation, not make it worse,” Putin said.

The two countries also agreed that fighting terrorism remains a critical common challenge today. Putin suggested establishing a working group and exchanging delegations between Moscow and Paris to develop cooperation in countering the terrorist threat to European countries, including France.

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As for the Syrian issue, Putin said it is impossible to counter the terrorist threat by destroying the statehood of countries that are already suffering from internal problems and disputes.

“I am convinced that positive results can only be achieved by working together in the fight against terrorism. However, I would like to repeat that we can achieve these results only if we join efforts in practice, countering together this plague of the 20th and 21st centuries,” Putin suggested.

Photo courtesy: Kremlin

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