Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his French counterpart Francois Hollande during a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 26, 2015. 
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Putin to France: Give me map showing where to bomb in Syria

PARIS — Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked France to draw up a map of where groups fighting ISIS militants operate in Syria in order not to bomb them, France’s foreign minister said on Friday.

Putin met with French President Francois Hollande on Thursday at the Kremlin.

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“He asked us to draw up a map of forces that are not terrorists and are fighting Daesh,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on RTL, referring to ISIS by its Arab acronym. “He committed to not bombing them once we’ve provided that.”

The West has accused Moscow of targeting mostly-Western backed rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is a key Russian ally. 

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Putin to France: Give me map showing where to bomb in Syria