Putin discusses antiterrorism coalition with Obama, other leaders

Russia has proposed to form an international coalition against extremism and terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that he has discussed the issue with U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders.

Russia has proposed to form an international coalition against extremism and terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that he has discussed the issue with U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders.

He said he had also spoken about that with the king of Jordan, the Egyptian president and other partners of Russia.

"We really want to create a certain international coalition against terrorism and extremism, and to this end we are holding consultations with our American partners, I have personally discussed this issue with U.S. President Obama on the phone and I have spoken about that with the Turkish president and the administration of Saudi Arabia," Putin told reporters on Sept.4.

The work is being done by defense departments, the president said. "We are carrying on political efforts to create a certain coalition. If it is now impossible to organize the joint work of all the countries interested in fighting terrorism, so to say directly on the battlefield, then at least some coordination between them should be established. We are trying to do so and we are taking efforts in this field," he said.

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