Hollande wrong to follow Obama in dividing terrorists into ‘good’ and ‘bad’– French MP

The Western trend of splitting terrorists into good and bad ones is now the main threat for Syria, Nicolas Dhuicq of the French legislative defense commission told RT, expressing regret that the same approach is used by the leader of his country, Francois Hollande.

Dhuicq said that he shares Russia’s stance that “Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL], Al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra are all our enemies and should all be stricken.”

“But, unfortunately, the French president is following the American one and they’re starting to believe that you have good and bad Islamists. That’s the main threat to Syria we have today,” he stressed.

The French MP said that the negotiations between Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday were essential to both countries' fight against terrorists in Syria.

“There are talks because of military questions about the movements of ships, especially of the French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle. You need to have talks with Russia, so you don’t collide in the air – as to what concern the airplanes – and at sea – as to what concerns ship and even submarines,” he explained.

Dhuicq also slammed Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling the Turkish president a “scoundrel” for downing a Russian warplane earlier this week.

From the start of the Russian air campaign in Syria on September 30, the Turkish leader “was disturbed that the Russian Air Force is denying his double play in the region because Erdogan is trafficking oil with Islamic State as we all know,” he explained.

According to the MP, Erdogan also wants annex a part of northern Syria where Turkish speakers live, but Russian forces are hampering his plans.

A Russian Su-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet near the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday.

One Russian pilot was killed by Syrian rebels while parachuting, with the other one was rescued and delivered to Khmeimim airbase.

Despite the claims from Ankara, Moscow maintains that its jet, which crashed in Syria, did not violate Turkish airspace.

On Friday, Moscow suspended visa-free travel with Turkey as part of response measures to the downing of its plane, including the boosting of air defense at the Khmeimim air base in Syria and cutting military cooperation with Ankara.

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