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Lavrov Expresses to Ayrault Hope for Stronger Russia-France Cooperation

© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault during a meeting in Moscow
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault during a meeting in Moscow - Sputnik International
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone talks with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed hope that the two states would strengthen cooperation, including in the security sphere, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the two ministers held a phone conversation, focusing on a number of issues including the recent deadly attack in St. Petersburg.

"The minister thanked Jean-Marc Ayrault for his words of support [in light of the St. Petersburg attack] and expressed hope that Russian-French cooperation would strengthen, including in the sphere of security," the statement said.

According to the statement, the ministers also discussed the Ukrainian and Syrian crises.

People Honor The Victims Of Saint Petersburg Deadly Blast - Sputnik International
People Honor the Victims of Saint Petersburg's Deadly Explosion
On Monday, an explosion occurred in the St. Petersburg underground on the stretch of rail between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut metro stations at around 3 p.m. local time (12:00 GMT). The blast killed at least 14 people, according to Russian Minister of Healthcare Veronika Skvortsova. Forty-nine people were wounded.

Another explosive device was found at another metro station and defused by specialists.

Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into a suspected terrorist attack.

 

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