Middle East

Putin seeks map of forces not to bomb in Syria: France

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and France's President Francois Hollande, leave a joint press conference after their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)

PARIS: Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked France to draw up a map of where groups fighting ISIS militants operate in Syria in order not to bomb them, France's foreign minister said Friday.

Putin agreed with French President Francois Hollande Thursday at the Kremlin to target ISIS and similar extremist groups in Syria.

"He asked us to draw up a map of forces that are not terrorists and are fighting Daesh (ISIS). He committed to not bombing them once we've provided that," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on RTL after accompanying Hollande to Moscow.

The West has accused Moscow of targeting mostly-Western backed rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Fabius also said Paris could send special forces to Syria, but that any such decision would not be made public.





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