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Macron says Daesh behind Russia attack, also targeted France

By AFP - Mar 26,2024 - Last updated at Mar 26,2024

MATOURY, France — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said France has information that Daesh carried out Friday’s attack in a Moscow concert hall, warning Russia against exploiting the attack by blaming it on Ukraine.

France has intelligence that “it was an entity of Daesh that planned the attack and carried it out”, Macron told reporters after arriving on a trip to the French South American region of French Guiana

He added that “this particular group made several attempts [at attacks] on our own soil”.

Macron, however warned Russia against any “exploitation” of the attack, saying it would be “cynical and counterproductive for Russia to use this context to try and turn it against Ukraine”.

Dash has claimed responsibility for the Friday evening attack in Moscow in which 137 people were killed.

But Moscow has refused to comment on the claim, with security services and President Vladimir Putin suggesting the perpetrators might have been linked to its adversary Kyiv.

Macron said Paris had offered Russian security services “increased cooperation” — adding that there would be contact on a “technical and ministerial level” rather than direct talks with Putin.

The French leader has not spoken with Putin since trying in a series of phone calls in 2022 to talk him down from his invasion of Ukraine.

“We’ll see how the context evolves and whether the coming days or weeks justify” a personal conversation, Macron said.


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