The heads of the General staffs of Russia and France held talks on coordination of action in Syria

The heads of the General staffs of Russia and France held talks on coordination of action in Syria


MOSCOW, November 19. The chief of the Russian General staff Valery Gerasimov informed his French colleague Pierre de Wille on the operations of the aerospace forces (VKS) of the Russian Federation against terrorists in Syria.

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Military leaders held telephone talks during which they discussed the coordination of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and France on Syria and carry out instructions of the leaders of the two countries on joint efforts in the fight against terrorism. In addition, the generals exchanged views on the current situation in Syria. “The terrorist attacks in Paris and aboard the Russian passenger airliner is beasts of the same chain, – said Gerasimov. – Our grief and our anger should help to unite the efforts of Russia and France in the fight against international terrorism.”

The Russian General expressed his condolences to the French people following the terrorist attacks in Paris that evening of November 13 has claimed the lives of 129 people. According to him, Russia as it is clear to anyone the grief of the French – Russians mourn victims of the terrorist attack on Board an Airbus A321, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31.

Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian military to establish direct contact with French colleagues “as allies”, and to develop a plan of joint fight against terrorists in Syria. This order was preceded by telephone to the Russian President with the leader of France Francois Hollande, during which the parties agreed to coordinate military and intelligence agencies against terrorists.

This week it became known that France after the terrorist attacks in Paris sent to the coast of Syria, the nuclear aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”. Russia launched a barrage of strikes against terrorists, including with attraction of strategic bombers, after reports that the cause of death A321 airliner over Egypt was a terrorist attack.