US sanctions hurting its own reputation | Turkey

Irving Hamilton
August 16, 2018

The different views of the two countries were reflected at their joint press conference, during which Turkey's foreign minister said he hoped his country and Russian Federation could find a solution over Idlib.

"It would be a massacre to bomb Idlib, civilians, hospitals, schools just because there are terrorists".

"We need to differentiate between moderate rebels and radicals".

Cavusoglu said: "We support diplomacy and negotiations but it is not possible for us to accept impositions".

Turkey, Russia and the European Union are against severing economic ties with Iran.

"It is planned to discuss the prospects of easing travel regime for the citizens of the two countries".

Speaking at the news conference, Lavrov said Moscow was surprised at what he said was Western opposition to refugee returns to Syria.

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Brunson is at the center of a diplomatic spat between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Turkey and the United States, which has helped trigger a Turkish currency crisis.

Lavrov said the situation in the world remained alarming.

Ever-increasing USA sanctions against Russian Federation could make this more convenient, as access to U.S. dollars on the global foreign currency markets isn't always convenient.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed that eliminating Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization is the main task now after liberating large areas of Syrian territory from terrorism.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov attend a joint press conference following their meeting in Ankara on August 14, 2018.

The summit was first announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 28 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he attended the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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