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Turkish Foreign Ministry urges Russia to be ruthless towards terrorists in Syria

11 August 2016 19:12 (UTC+04:00)
Turkish Foreign Ministry urges Russia to be ruthless towards terrorists in Syria

By Trend

Russia must be ruthless towards terrorist organizations in Syria, said Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in his interview with NTV channel.

“Meanwhile, it is necessary to take into account the presence of the moderate opposition in Syria,” said Cavusoglu.

The minister noted that Turkey and Russia can start joint fight against the “Islamic State” terrorist group (aka IS, ISIL, ISIS, or Daesh).

He also pointed out that Turkey and Russia have a common position on the issue of Syria’s territorial integrity.

Cavusoglu said Ankara and Moscow must cooperate more closely to resolve the Syrian crisis.

Earlier, Turkish president’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that a Turkish delegation will visit Russia to discuss the Syrian crisis. The delegation will include employees of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT), General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, and Foreign Ministry.

He added that the Turkish delegation will also discuss security issues during the visit.
Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.

Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The "Islamic State" and Jabhat al-Nusra are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.

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