Russian parliament meet on terrorism on Friday: official

18th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

Russia's two chambers of parliament will hold a joint meeting on tackling terrorism on Friday after the carnage in Paris and the bombing of a passenger jet over Egypt, officials said.

The Russian parliament's lower chamber, the State Duma, and upper chamber, the Federation Council, will discuss "a wide range of additional measures needed to fight terrorism," Federation Council spokesman Sergei Sumbayev told AFP.

He did not provide further details.

"This will be the first coordination meeting to consolidate the efforts not only of the chambers of parliament but of the entire civil society in the fight against terrorism," the Federation Council said on its website.

On Tuesday, Russia finally announced that the Airbus A321 carrying 224 people, most of them Russian holidaymakers, was knocked out of the sky by a bomb, pledging vengeance and stepping up its Syria air strikes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been seeking to capitalise on shifting dynamics in the West following Friday's terror attacks in Paris and the bombing of the Russian airliner over Sinai in October.

He has reiterated his call for Russia and the West to unite against a common enemy and ordered his naval commanders to cooperate with the French in the Mediterranean.

On September 30, Russia launched air strikes against the Islamic State and other militants in Syria after Putin formally requested permission from the Federation Council to deploy "a contingent of troops" abroad.

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