Russian Defense Minister Serdyukov to take part in ministerial meeting in France

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov departed for Paris on Wednesday to take part in a session of the Russian-French Security Cooperation Council at the level of the foreign and defense ministers of the two countries.

"The participants in the meeting will consider global and regional security and prospects of development of interaction within the NATO-Russia Council format," Serdyukov's press secretary Irina Kovalchuk told journalists.

Serdyukov plans to meet with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves le Drian, she said.

"During the meeting, the parties plan to discuss the condition and prospects of the development of military and military-technological cooperation between the two countries," Kovalchuk said.

The Russian-French Security Cooperation Council was set up in 2002 at the two presidents' decision. It holds its sessions once every half a year by turns in Moscow and Paris.

Russia and France regularly discuss international and European security in the 2+2 format, in which the defense and foreign ministers take part.

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