“France and Russia to coordinate their attacks in Syria, this has not seen since the Cold War, “deciphered Thursday night Ulysse Gosset, international editor of BFM TV. The symbolic meeting between Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin has resulted in concrete and unpublished decisions to be implemented in this new Franco-Russian partnership in the fight against terrorism and Daesh.
L Russian diplomatic marathon stage of François Hollande was paramount in the aftermath of his meeting with Barack Obama and the incident provoked after a Russian plane was shot down by Turkey . In a joint press conference, the French head of state reminded that terrorism is everyone’s business, citing the attacks in Paris but also attack Daesh against a Russian commercial aircraft.
The good targets
A call that seems to have heard the Russian president, since at the end of their meeting, which lasted about an hour and a half, the two countries have agreed on “three essential points.” On Wednesday, the Russian ambassador to France spoke of creating a common staff . It will not happen. However, after meeting with his Russian counterpart, Francois Hollande assured now that France and Russia would “coordinate” and “intensify” their strikes.
Last October, Moscow announced that after a months of strikes, it had bombed targets 1623 “terrorists” when 1391 air raids , which killed 600 people. For its part, Paris realized 300 outputs since the beginning of its engagement in Syria.
Vladimir Putin emphasized the exchange of information “to avoid liners and incidents” . For from the beginning of the Russian strikes in Syria, Moscow is accused of aiming more the positions of opponents of the regime of Bashar al-Assad rather than the Islamic state terrorist group. If the Kremlin does not undertake to stop strikes against the moderate rebels, it will communicate information “about the areas where there are healthy opposition and not terrorist, and (refrain) to target.”
Points of tension
The joint strikes will mainly target the sources of income of the terrorist group. “This consensus is necessary but not sufficient”, detailed Francois Hollande. “We also need to take responsibility; this is what France did by bombing oil facilities controlled Daesh who finance through smuggling.” The released financial windfall from the sale of black gold would represent € 500 million.
However Points of tension persist in this new Franco-Russian alliance. Nothing says that this deal can be done as part of an international coalition. At present, the Elysee is more inclined to work with the Kremlin than is the White House, he stated a few days ago a French diplomatic source. The United States, which have agreed to intensify strikes in Syria, Russia had warned that only a change in strategy was a precondition for potential collaboration.
If at this point, Moscow stepped forward, remains the delicate question of the fate of the Syrian president. Francois Hollande recalled in particular that the future of Syria would draw without Bashar Assad . “Eradicating Daesh we agree with President Putin, it also means treating the problem at its roots,” stressed the Head of State, recalling the deteriorating situation in the country since 2011. And adding: “To France, Bashar al-Assad has no place in Syria. ”