Turkey does not wish to have problems with US: foreign minister

Hugh Fox
August 17, 2018

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a press conference during a visit in the Turkish Cypriot northern part of the divided city of Nicosia, Cyprus July 24,2018.

"The Russian side proceeds from the fact that Russia and Turkey bear special responsibility for peace, security and stability in Syria and in the entire region", the Russian FM ministry said, according to TASS news agency.

"We confirm willingness to lift the visa regime in certain categories for Turkish citizens", AA said, quoting the Russian foreign ministry.

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"We are at a turning point in the world".

Turkey has said it is willing to speak with the USA to resolve an ongoing dispute between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, as the White House appeared to ratchet up pressure on Ankara.

Russian Federation hopes that a reasonable approach will prevail in global relations and countries will return to a depoliticized dialogue, Lavrov said.

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Sanders also criticized Turkey's imposition of tariffs on some USA goods as "regrettable and a step in the wrong direction".

"It will make more and more countries that are not even affected by USA sanctions go away from the dollar and rely on more reliable, contractual partners in terms of currency use", the Russian foreign minister said.

Lavrov said there have been intensified attacks in Idlib by an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

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Cavusoglu recalled Turkey's long-standing demand for lifting visa requirements for Turkish citizens travelling to Russian Federation.

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