Lavrov feels Western leaders wish to resume cooperation with Russia on counterterrorism

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who took part in the march in Paris on Sunday, said he had felt during contacts with the Western leaders that they are ready to change the situation in which cooperation on counterterrorism between Russia and the Western countries was frozen.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who took part in the march in Paris on Sunday, said he had felt during contacts with the Western leaders that they are ready to change the situation in which cooperation on counterterrorism between Russia and the Western countries was frozen.

"I felt, including in yesterday's brief conversation with French President Francois Hollande before the ceremony, a wish to change this unhealthy situation," Lavrov told a press conference held in Moscow on Friday following a meeting with his Latvia counterpart Edgars Rinkevics.

Responding to a question as to whether Lavrov's participation in the march in Paris meant the possibility of becoming closer to the West on other issues as well, including on Ukraine, the minister said: "I would not like to establish such connections. Our Western partners are trying to establish such a connection when they say 'behave well on Ukraine and then we will resume cooperation with you in other areas.' It doesn't sound adult. There is a need to adopt an adult approach to the priorities and threats that are now posed by terrorism."

Lavrov also said the two terrorists who broke into the editorial office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed journalists were trained in Syria on the side of those who were fulfilling the Western task associated with the overthrowing of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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