Chiefs of Russian and French General Staffs discussed the situation in Syria
According to agreements between the Presidents of Russia and France as well as upon the order of Defence Ministers of both countries, on December 23, 2015 Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces – First Deputy Defence Minister General of the Army Valery Gerasimov had a meeting with his the Chief of the Staff of the French Armed Forces Army General Pierre de Villiers in Moscow.
In the course of the meeting, the parties exchanged their opinions on the situation in Syria, set the future directions of cooperation in fighting against international terrorism creating a working group of military experts from both General Staffs. The parties agreed to organize exchange of operational information for coordination of activities for more effective engagement of command centres, military hardware, depot and supply routes of militants as well as other ISIS infrastructures in Syria.
General of the Army Valery Gerasimov presented information concerning the continuing plunder of natural resources in Syria, which are sold to provide financing of the ISIS as well as the role of Turkey in this process. There were given facts proving projection of militants by the Turkish party to the northern areas of Syria for reinforcement of terrorist groups.
According to the results of the meeting, the parties confirmed the common understanding of the fact that efforts of Russia and France are aimed at keeping Syria as unified, temporal and multiconfessional state.
General of the Army Valery Gerasimov and Army General Pierre de Villiers agreed to continue bilateral contacts.