Lavrov: Syria has the right to attack terrorists

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According to the statement, Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu will also discuss bilateral relations as well as regional issues, notably Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today rejected the US sanctions imposed on his country and Turkey during a press conference in this capital.

"It is necessary to get back to dialogue to resolve the problems".

US sanctions imposed on Turkey are shattering the former's reputation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Last week United Nations humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said that Turkey, Russia and Iran had all agreed to "do their utmost to avoid" a battle in Idlib.

"We are not making a cowboy film. If the United States wants to maintain respect in the worldwide arena, then it is necessary for it to be respectful of the interests of other countries", he said.

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On Aug. 1 relations between Ankara and Washington nosedived when the US imposed sanctions on two Turkish Cabinet ministers after Turkey refused to release an American pastor who faces terrorism-related charges in Turkey.

The lira tumbled to a historical low on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump authorized a 20 and 50 percent tariff hike on imported Turkish aluminum and steel, respectively.

In response, Turkey raised tariffs on several USA -made goods, including alcohol and tobacco products and vehicles.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was important to distinguish between "terrorists", rebel fighters and up to three million civilians in Idlib.

"We are against the United States or any country imposing sanctions", he added.

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