Turkey Against Speculation on Deal With Russia on Mideast Spheres of Influence

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Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim warned on Thursday against speculating on the alleged new Sykes-Picot Agreement with Russia, a deal which defined spheres of influence in the Middle East.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the week, former Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis claimed that the normalization of the relations between Russia and Turkey would contribute to the promotion of peace and stability in the Middle East, as Turkey and Russia are important players in the region.

"The pact resulted in a great tragedy… I doubt that after a hundred years we should create another pact… If such speculation, scenarios exist, that Russia and Turkey will create such an agreement, if there is speculation on it, it should be curbed," Yardim said during a press conference at the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

The 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement defined spheres of influence between the United Kingdom, France and the Russian Empire in the Middle East after World War I and served as the basis for determining the present borders in the region.


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