Monday, December 21, 2015

France, Russia to ‘strengthen’ intel exchange on ISIS

Moscow and Paris have agreed to up efforts to share intelligence relating to ISIS after the countries vowed to cooperate militarily on the issue.

“We have agree to strengthen our exchange of military information, both on the strikes and the location of the different groups (in Syria),” French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said following talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.

“Our intelligence services will strengthen their already existing ties, which require increased cooperation.”

Western nations have complained that Russia is primarily bombing rebels, including moderates, which threaten the regime of Bashar al-Assad, rather than targeting ISIS.

But Le Drian said earlier he hoped France would also be able to cooperate with Russia in other areas.

“There are many Russian speakers in Daesh which it would be useful for us to have information on, and likewise we could perhaps provide information on their French speakers,” the minister said.

“Intelligence sharing requires giving on both sides,” he said.

Le Drian and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu will also discuss ways to avoid any collisions between Russian and French aircraft in Syrian airspace...


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