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Putin: Terrorist acts force Russia, France to struggle with terrorism together

November 26, 2015, 20:33 UTC+3
Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande are holding talks in Moscow
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MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Terrorist acts that have occurred in France and the downing of the Russian A321 jet force Moscow and Paris to pool efforts in struggle with terrorism, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at the start of the talks with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande.

"You're paying big attention and putting a lot of efforts into the emergence of a broad antiterrorist coalition," he said at the start of his emergency summit with Hollande in the Kremlin.

"What's more, we think this coalition is absolutely necessary and that's where our positions are the same," Putin said.

"Russia has long been suffering losses" that arise from terrorist acts and that is why the Russians understand the feelings of the French people, Putin said adding he knew the French would be marking the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorist Acts.

"We’re mourning together with you over the - the heavy losses France has suffered," he said. "I know the latest data indicates 130 people are dead and more than 350 are wounded."

"As you may probably know, Russia, too, suffered losses - heavy losses - as well," Putin said. ""As you may probably know, Russia has suffered a heavy loss, too, as a results of a disgusting terrorist act spearheaded at a commercial airliner."

"All of this prompts us to pool efforts in the struggle with this common evil," he said. "We're prepared for this cooperation and are glad to see you here, Mr. President."

"We're mourning together with you over the losses the heavy losses France has suffered," Putin said. "As you may probably know, Russia has suffered a heavy loss, too, as a results of a disgusting terrorist act spearheaded at a commercial airliner."

Hollande thanked all Russians for their reaction to the Paris terror attacks adding that both countries have recently suffered from terrorism.

"We know that terrorism is our common enemy," the French president said stressing the need for a broad and strong counter-terrorism coalition.

"That is exactly why I am here with you today. I have come here so that we could find a solution and move together on this path, effectively fighting the common enemy and searching for political solutions to settle the situation in Syria," the French leader added.

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