9 September 201912:11

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Moscow, September 9, 2019 1788-09-09-2019

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Mr Minister,

Jean-Yves,

Colleagues,

We are delighted at today’s opportunity to resume a meeting of the Russian-French Security Cooperation Council in the 2 + 2 format after a rather long interval. We are beginning our work with a meeting between foreign ministers. Our colleagues, defence ministers, are working in parallel. The four of us will meet with our experts in about an hour, and we will work directly in the 2 + 2 format.

As it happens, Moscow is also hosting a meeting between Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and French Secretary General for National Defence and Security Claire Landais today. Such a large concentration of officials in charge of foreign policy, security and defence matters probably shows that Russia and France aim to intensify their dialogue and practical cooperation under recent agreements reached at Fort de Brégançon by President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of France Emmanuel Macron, as well as under initiatives subsequently voiced by the President of France, including at a meeting with ambassadors of the French Republic abroad.

I am counting on productive work. Welcome.

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