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Putin: Russia, France Agree To Work Together More Against IS


Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with French President Francois Hollande at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 26.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with French President Francois Hollande at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 26.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is committed to cooperating with France and the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria.

Speaking at a news conference in the Kremlin after talks with French President Francois Hollande on November 26, Putin said the two agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on Syria.

At the same time, Putin called the shooting down by Turkey of a Russian jet an act of betrayal.

Hollande said the two agreed to target only IS militants and other extremist militant groups.

But France continues to insist that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down from power as part of a peace process.

Russia, Assad's ally, continues to reject those calls.

The West accuses Moscow of targeting mainly Western-backed rebels that are fighting Assad's regime -- including those battling IS militants.

Hollande said France will increase support for rebel groups battling IS militants on the ground in Syria.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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