French and Russian Defense Ministers held a telephone conversation: what they discussed

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French and Russian defense ministers have a phone conversation. Source: Ministre des Armées

French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu. This is the first contact between Russia and France at the level of defense ministries since October 2022.

Russia has not officially reported the call from France. In turn, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces told what exactly Shoigu and Lecornu talked about.

In particular, the French minister "reminded Shoigu of the strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks and France's solidarity with the victims and their families." This refers to the murder of Russians in Crocus City Hall.

"Lecornu confirmed that France has no information about any connection between this terrorist attack and Ukraine. He called on Russia to stop any exploitation of this topic," the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Separately, Lecornu "unequivocally condemned the war of aggression that Russia has unleashed in Ukraine and recalled that France will continue to support Ukraine for as long and as intensively as necessary." In this way, France seeks to bring peace and security to Europe, the ministry added.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the United States of America warned the Russian authorities more than two weeks before the March 22 terrorist attack in the suburbs of Moscow that the attack was likely to take place in Crocus City Hall. However, Russia disregarded the warning and did not take measures to prevent the attack.

Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service has stepped up its efforts to accuse Ukraine of the Crocus attack. The aggressor country categorically denies any involvement in the attack by the Islamic State, whose militants claimed responsibility for the attack.

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