Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu had a meeting with his French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian in Moscow
On December 21, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu had a meeting the Minister of Defence of the French Republic Jean-Yves Le Drian in Moscow.
The discussion was held in a business-like atmosphere. The parties discussed the situation in Syria and further steps of closer interaction in fighting against the ISIS.
As the head of the Russian defence department noted, interaction between Russia and France in fighting terrorism in Syria played an important role.
According to Sergei Shoigu, the Russian party actively joined the work after terrorist attacks in Paris, ships of both countries hosted meetings of Russian and French seamen in the Mediterranean Sea. Sergei Shoigu added that there were enough issues to be discussed and expressed his hope that the dialogue would be held in a business-like manner. He also stated that it was necessary to specify a number of details concerning interaction in Syria.
In his turn Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed conviction that common threats and risks are to be repelled by joining efforts of Moscow and Paris.
The Defence Minister of France stated that both countries had had rather long friendly relations, historical links and victories. He added that it was very important to continue that dialogue by following the common history and because of risks and threats, which Russia and France were facing.
He noted that it was to coordinate the positions, which had been marked by the Presidents of Russia and France in the course of their bilateral meeting on November 26, 2015.
Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that French people were touched with expressing solidarity and sympathy by the Russians after terrorist attacks in Paris.
According to the head of the French Defence Ministry, just before the meeting he paid the tribute to the memory of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin. He reminded that Russia and France have solemnized the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the World War II.
The French Minister of Defence also recalled his two previous meetings with General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. The meetings took place several years ago.
“I am very glad to meet Sergei Shoigu. Today’s meeting fits into the continuation of events that followed the bilateral meeting between Russian and French Presidents on November 26,” stressed Jean-Yves Le Drian.