Syria Hopes Russia Influences Turkey to Close Southern Border to Terrorists

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Syria hopes Russia will influence Turkey to close its southern border to prevent terrorists from traveling to the war-torn country, Syrian Ambassador to Moscow Riyad Haddad told Sputnik on Thursday.

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"We in Syria hope that our strategic partner Russia will be able to have an impact on Turkey to make it respond to the international community, to international law, and to close the Syrian-Turkish border to stop the infiltration of terrorists," Haddad said.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express regret and send condolences for the November 2015 downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria by Turkey.

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