MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow and Paris support the territorial integrity of Syria, Le Drian said Tuesday.
"First, we intend to fight al-Qaeda and the Islamic State [Daesh] (both banned in Russia). Second, we consider that there is a need to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria. We think that it is necessary to retain the situation when an integral functioning state exists," Le Drian said after holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
At the same time, Le Drian stressed that the Syrian government does not fulfill its obligations, including the destruction of chemical weapons.
"As for this chaos in Syria, the proliferation of chemical weapons continues, the [Damascus] regime is not fulfilling its obligations. This, I believe, is a new threat to the whole world. In this context, the status quo is already unacceptable in any way, because too much suffering is taking place now in Syria," Le Drian said.
France is among Russia’s leading partners in Europe and worldwide regardless of the fact that France joined the EU restrictive anti-Russia measures over Ukraine in 2014.
The two countries maintain intensive cooperation in the political, economic, trade and cultural spheres.