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Russia to cooperate with US-led coalition, Putin says

In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during the bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on day two of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015 in Antalya, Turkey. Putin said after talks with French President Francois Hollande on Thursday, November 26, that Russia is open to closer cooperation with both France and the U.S.-led coalition on selecting IS targets.
In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during the bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on day two of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015 in Antalya, Turkey. Putin said after talks with French President Francois Hollande on Thursday, November 26, that Russia is open to closer cooperation with both France and the U.S.-led coalition on selecting IS targets.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

Putin said after talks with French President Francois Hollande that Russia is open to closer cooperation with both France and the U.S.-led coalition on selecting IS targets.

At the same time, he lashed out at the U.S. over the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, saying the U.S. should have prevented its coalition ally Turkey from making such a move.

He said that Russia will hold "serious consultations" with the U.S. over the incident.

Hollande called the downing of the plane a "serious incident, obviously regrettable."

Hollande added that it's necessary to draw conclusions from that and to "strengthen the coordination between the countries."

Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24 military jet on Tuesday near the Syrian border, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings — a claim Russia denies.

Russia and France also agreed to coordinate their strikes against the Islamic State group.