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Russia Ready to Team Up With Turkey Against Terrorism

20.10.2015 13:18

Moscow is ready to cooperate with Turkey in countering terrorist activity, the Russian ambassador in Ankara said Tuesday.

"We have repeatedly stated that our main issue in Syria is international terrorism, and have spoken about our readiness to cooperate with all countries to fight this evil…

Vladimir Putin called for a creation of a broad anti-terrorism coalition during the UN General Assembly session. If Turkey were to cooperate with us on this issue we could only welcome it," Andrei Karlov said.

According to the envoy, Russian and Turkish deputy foreign ministers said they were looking to develop relations.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with the army loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and numerous militant groups, including the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate.