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Kremlin backs Fillon’s proposal to set up anti-terrorist coalition with Russia

April 21, 2017, 14:09 UTC+3

France’s former prime minister earlier wrote on his Twitter that international anti-terror coalition should be set up for an efficient fight against Islamist extremism

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/.  The proposal of French presidential candidate from the Republicans party Francois Fillon on creating an anti-terrorist coalition jointly with Russia is in accordance with Moscow’s line towards international fight against terrorism threat, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"This [proposal] corresponds to a large extent with the viewpoint that dominates in Moscow," Peskov told reporters.

Peskov noted that earlier in the day President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with permanent members of Russia’s Security Council. The sides stated that there is "no alternative to international cooperation in the fight against terrorism."

The participants condemned Thursday’s attack on police in Paris, in which at least one police officer was killed and two others were wounded. The shootout came three days before France is to choose its new president.

Fillon, France’s former prime minister, earlier wrote on his Twitter that international anti-terror coalition should be set up for an efficient fight against Islamist extremism.

"My foreign policy as a president will be primarily aimed at destroying the Islamic State group as it poses a threat to us. This will become possible only if all great powers truly take joint steps." The discord between the United States, Europe, Russia, Iran and the Persian Gulf countries delays the day of victory over Islamic radicalism, he noted.

"As a president, I plan to put in place diplomatic initiatives everywhere, from Washington to Moscow, to create an international coalition against Islamist terrorism."

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