MOSCOW, December 21. The Minister of defence of the Russian Federation, army General Sergei Shoigu took in Russia on a working visit of French defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. About it reported in Management of the press service and information of the defense Ministry. The meeting was held In pursuance of the agreements reached on 26 November between the presidents of Russia and France during their meeting in Moscow.
“During one and a half hour meeting, held in a business and candid manner, the main attention was paid to the prospects for coordination of military departments of two countries in the fight against international terrorism”, – noted in the Ministry of defense.
The sides noted the existence of a common enemy in “Islamic state” and confirmed their readiness for joint counteraction to it. Shoigu stressed that only by uniting efforts of all countries concerned, it is possible to eliminate the terrorist threat for the residents of Paris, Moscow, London and other European cities.
Shoigu: of cooperation between Russia and France in combating terrorism in Syria is growing
The Ministers had a detailed exchange of assessments of the current situation in Syria and Iraq. French military delegation was briefed on the main results of the air operation conducted by the Russian space forces in Syria.
An agreement was reached to continue contacts at the level of the General staffs of the armed forces of Russia and France. To this end, the chief of staff of the French armed forces army General P. de Villiers will visit Moscow in the near future.
The Ministers discussed the situation in Libya. They stated that a full coincidence of views on the situation in the country and expressed concern at the intensification of the ISIL in the North African region.
Shoigu invited Le Drian to participate in the anniversary V-th Moscow conference on international security, which is scheduled for end of April 2016. One of her main topics will be the issue of cooperation in combating international terrorism.
“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).