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Moscow, Ankara Trying to Protect Bilateral Ties From Regional Conflicts

Moscow and Ankara are doing everything possible in order to prevent regional conflicts from harming bilateral ties.

A general view shot taken on June 30, 2015, shows a neighbourhood in the Syrian capital Damascus - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow and Ankara are doing everything possible in order to prevent regional conflicts from harming bilateral ties, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Aydin said Thursday.

“Both sides are using all efforts in order to protect bilateral relations against regional contradictions and discussions,” Aydin told RIA Novosti.

Turkey borders states in the Middle East that are suffering from Islamic State's activities, namely, Syria, which has been in a state of civil war since 2011, and Iraq.

In August, Turkey began conducting air strikes on IS targets in Syria as part a US-led coalition against the militants. Ankara made the decision to launch the strikes in the wake of a deadly July suicide attack in the Turkish city of Suruc, blamed by Ankara on IS.

Since late September, Russia, a long-standing ally of Damascus, has been conducting airstrikes on IS positions in Syria, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Last month, Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said during his visit to Russia that the two countries had a number of common goals, primarily, the fight against international terrorism and settlement of the conflict in neighboring Syria.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Turkey is a priority partner for Russia, and the two countries should pay close attention to a common strategy for counter-terrorism.

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