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    Foreground, from left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Kremlin Deputy Chief of Staff and Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov during the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015.

    France Intensifies Anti-Terrorism Cooperation With Russia

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    Russia and France have increased their anti-terrorism cooperation at the Group of 20 (G20) summit, Russia’s G20 sherpa Svetlana Lukash told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    ANTALYA (Sputnik) – The November 15-16 summit brought together 20 leaders of advanced and emerging economies in the southern Turkish city of Antalya.

    "We did not hold a bilateral meeting with [French Foreign Minister Laurent] Fabius, but as he was actively participating in discussions dedicated to the fight against terrorism, we managed to make our cooperation on this issue closer,” Lukash said.

    Lukash, speaking about the results of the G20 summit at a briefing, said bilateral meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron “also played a role” in consolidating anti-terrorism efforts.

    “Probably, they gave a message to [French President Francois] Hollande on that,” she added.

    Hollande is scheduled to travel to Moscow on November 26, where he will attempt to bridge a US-Russian divide on anti-terrorism operations in Syria during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The French leader will speak with US President Barack Obama during a visit to the United States on November 24.

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