Turkey hopes to find solution on Syria’s Idlib with Russia

LEADING ARTICLEAugust 13 2018 5:00pm The Times Tantrum in Turkey Erdogan should end his spat with the West if he wants to avert a deeper crisis

Russian officials say that this could soon change, and that they support the idea of conducting bilateral trade in the national currencies of whoever they're trading with, instead of the U.S. dollar. Kremlin officials say this idea needs work before being implemented.

The Idlib region, a refuge for civilians and rebels displaced from other areas of Syria as well as powerful jihadist forces, was hit by a wave of air strikes and shelling last week, in a possible prelude to a full-scale government offensive. "We must conduct the fight against terrorists together", Cavusoglu said in the press conference.

"But the fact that Turkey, Russia and Iran, having not always concurring and sometimes far from concurring stances on this or that aspect of the Syrian crisis have found wisdom and willingness to settle concrete problems, has reversed the situation in Syria", Lavrov stressed.

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

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The Turkish top diplomat said he doesn't rule out that the United States may impose sanctions on any European country.

Donald Trump´s administration also announced new sanctions against Moscow on August 22 for considering that the Eurasian country is responsible for organizing a chemical attack against former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. "But, objectively, of course, we feel the desire of the West, primarily the United States, but not only it, not to let the Astana process achieve substantive results and portray it as not entirely successful", Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) during the Turkish Ambassadors Conference in Ankara, Turkey.

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