Russia, Turkey hold talks on implementing deals on Syria de-escalation zones - Lavrov

Russian foreign minister in Ankara to discuss latest Syrian offensive and regional developments

Russia, Turkey hold talks on implementing deals on Syria de-escalation zones - Lavrov

Turkey has done enough to fix its ties with the United States, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, adding that Washington had acted contrary to their alliance regarding fundamental security issues.

M - Russia sees intentions of the United States and the West in general to impede the Astana process for the Syrian settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Tass after taking part in a session of Turkey's ambassadors and permanent envoys to global organizations.

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.

Lavrov noted that USA sanctions, including those against Turkey, undermine all principles of global trade.

"The use of national currencies for mutual trade has for several years been one of the tasks that the presidents of Russian Federation and Turkey had set", Lavrov told a joint news conference with Cavusoglu in Ankara. Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that he hoped to find a solution over Idlib during a meeting with Lavrov.

Foreign Ministers Zarif of Iran Lavrov of Russia and Cavusoglu of Turkey gather for a family

Lavrov said Russian Federation and Turkey would continue talks for the full implementation of Astana deal which envisages de-escalation zones in Syria, including in Idlib.

"We need to determine these terrorist (groups) and eliminate them with intelligence and military forces", he said in Ankara ahead of talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, whose country has backed Assad militarily. They threaten the civilian population. We should separate radicals and civilians.

According to the state news agency Anadolu, the foreign minister repeated in his statements that although Turkey is willing to restore the damaged ties with Washington, it will continue to reject any pressure or conditions by the United States.

Cavusoglu noted the progress that has been made during the Astana peace process.

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