Russia to cooperate with US-led coalition: Putin

DAILY SABAH WITH AP
ISTANBUL
Published 26.11.2015 23:33
Updated 26.11.2015 23:46

Russian President Vladimir Putin said late Thursday that Russia is ready to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Daesh terrorist organization.

Putin said after talks with French President Francois Hollande that Russia is open to closer cooperation with both France and the U.S.-led coalition on selecting Daesh targets.

Putin stated that he would order Russia's military to intensify cooperation with the French armed forces - including exchanges of information about targets - and viewed that as part of creating a broader international coalition bringing together Russia and Western states.

"We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United States," Putin said at a news conference, standing alongside Hollande.

He said he and the French leader had "agreed how we will cooperate in the near future, on a bilateral basis and with, as a whole, the coalition led by the United States.

"We are talking about a designation of the territories against which we can conduct strikes, and where it is better to refrain from strikes, about the exchange of information on various issues, and the coordination of our actions on, so to speak, the battlefield," Putin said.

On bilateral cooperation with France, he said the aim was to "establish constructive work by our military specialists to avoid duplication and avoid strikes on those territories and groups which are themselves ready to fight terrorism."

"We view this as the formation of a wide anti-terrorist coalition under the aegis of the United Nations," Putin said.

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