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Russia: Lavrov discusses cooperation with the West following Paris attacks02:45

Russia: Lavrov discusses cooperation with the West following Paris attacks

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 19, 2015 at 17:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Speaking from Moscow on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Russia's prospects in cooperating with the West to combat terrorism following last Friday's attacks in Paris.

Lavrov explained that following Hollande's call to Putin after the attacks in Paris, the French president "expressed the desire to collaborate as allies". The foreign minister said the move suggesting that "sensible politicians now leave aside minor things and understand the need to focus on the main priority which is to stop the attempts of ISIS to win positions on large territory of the globe."

Elaborating on the situation in Syria, Lavrov said that many Western governments "actually implied an ultimatum: all the problems will be solved after the resigning of Assad". He also noted that "the logic 'get rid of Assad and ISIS will calm down'" as invalid, referencing Lebanon, Turkey, France, Egypt as countries where extremism is prominent.

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Speaking from Moscow on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Russia's prospects in cooperating with the West to combat terrorism following last Friday's attacks in Paris.

Lavrov explained that following Hollande's call to Putin after the attacks in Paris, the French president "expressed the desire to collaborate as allies". The foreign minister said the move suggesting that "sensible politicians now leave aside minor things and understand the need to focus on the main priority which is to stop the attempts of ISIS to win positions on large territory of the globe."

Elaborating on the situation in Syria, Lavrov said that many Western governments "actually implied an ultimatum: all the problems will be solved after the resigning of Assad". He also noted that "the logic 'get rid of Assad and ISIS will calm down'" as invalid, referencing Lebanon, Turkey, France, Egypt as countries where extremism is prominent.

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