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Putin Urges Europe to Cooperate in Fight against Terrorism

Russian President said that it is often difficult for Russia to conduct a dialogue with European partners, since their position is changing, including after contacts with the United States.

Russia is ready to cooperate with other countries in the fight against terrorism, calls for action rather than “chatting about mutual claims”, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Le Figaro.

“Ask Europe – we want this. I talked about it, speaking on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and urged to unite efforts of all countries in fighting terrorism,” he said.

At the same time, Putin said that it is often difficult for Russia to conduct a dialogue with European partners, since their position is changing, including after contacts with the United States. According to Putin, the European countries need to figure out “who is senior, who is not, who lays claims to what. We are ready for cooperation,” the Russian president said.

Putin noted that recently there has been a certain shift in cooperation with the United States. “We are now thinking how to ensure the interests of all countries in southern Syria. I mean all countries that have problems in this region, namely Jordan, Iraq, Syria itself. Of course, we are ready to listen to the opinion of the United States, our European partners,” he said.

“However, we need to conduct a specific dialogue, not chat about some kind of mutual claims and threats, we need to engage in practical work,” Putin called.

Relations between Russia and the United States will have a chance to improve when Washington stops using anti-Russian rhetoric in the domestic political struggle, Vladimir Putin said.

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