Macron: France to work with Russia in combatting terrorism in Syria, chemical weapons a ‘red line’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) wave upon their arrival at the Versailles Palace, near Paris, on May 29, 2017, ahead of their meeting. French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their first meeting since he came to office with differences on Ukraine and Syria clearly visible. / AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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The French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that Paris is willing to work with Moscow in the fight against terrorism in Syria.

Macron also stressed that the use of chemical weapons by the Russian-backed Assad regime is “a red line” for France.

During his first meeting as president of France with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Macron said: “Any use of chemical weapons would results in reprisals and an immediate riposte, at least where France is concerned.”

In a press conference with Putin, the French President said that his aim was to combat terrorism in Syria, and that he wanted to work with Putin to that end.

The two countries back different sides in the Syrian conflict, with Putin behind President Bashar al-Assad and Macron part of a western coalition that supports rebel groups and has accused Assad of using chemical weapons in the past.

The French President said that he had a frank exchange of views with Putin. He added that the two had aired their disagreements on a number of subjects.

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