Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation Colonel-General Alexander Fomin took part in negotiations at the level of the Deputy Foreign and Defence Ministers of Russia and France, said the Russian Ministry of Defence.
On 16 July the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Alexander Fomin, took part in the talks in the 2+2 format at the level of the Deputy Foreign and Defence Ministers of Russia and France, in in Paris. The meeting also included a meeting with the Director General for International Relations and Strategy of the French Ministry of Defence.
"The political directors of the ministries for Europe and for Foreign Affairs and for the Armed Forces welcomed their Russian counterparts to Paris on Thursday for consultations on the subjects of strategic stability and regional crises, with a view to the forthcoming meeting in Paris of the Council of Cooperation on Security Issues, bringing together the French and Russian foreign and defence ministers," said the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
The last meeting of the Council of Cooperation on Security Issues was in Moscow in September 2019.
France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that "this meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the implementation of the confidence and security agenda, launched at the initiative of the President of the [French] Republic and his Russian counterpart last summer."
Various regional and international crises, both on the political and military levels, bilateral cooperation, strategic stability, as well as international security during were discussed at this meeting.