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    The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday issued a note of protest with Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov over Russian anti-terrorist airstrikes in Syria.

    ANKARA, November 20 (Sputnik) – Russia launched airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group and other extremist targets in Syria at the request of its president, Bashar Assad, on September 30.

    The note of protest, obtained by RIA Novosti, cites an alleged Russian Aerospace Forces strike on a Syrian Turkmen settlement in northern Syria.

    Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov invited on October 27 Turkish military attaches, as well as those from the United States, NATO and Saudi Arabia, to justify allegations of Russian warplanes attacking civilian hospitals in Syria.

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said previously that Moscow is yet to receive official confirmation of civilian deaths resulting from Russian airstrikes.

    Antonov said any reports claiming Russian jets targeting civilian targets in Syria would be considered "as part of anti-Russia information warfare" until officially confirmed otherwise.


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