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    Turkey Could Allow Russia to Use Incirlik Air Base - Foreign Minister

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    According to the Turkish Foreign Finister, Russia might be allowed to use Incirlik Air Base.

    Cavusoglu noted that Ankara could allow Russia to use the base to fight Daesh in the region. 

    "We will cooperate with everyone who fights Daesh. We have been doing this for quite a while, and we opened Incirlik base for those who want to fight terrorists. Why not cooperate with Russia as well on these terms? Daesh is our common enemy, and we need to fight this enemy."

    The Incirlik base is five miles north of the Turkish city of Adana near the Syrian border.

    The airbase currently hosts aircraft of the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Qatar involved in the US-led air campaign against Daesh, which is outlawed in several states, including Russia. 

    Earlier, Russia and Turkey have reached common understanding on the Syrian crisis, including fighting al-Nusra Front militants. During a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara considers not only Daesh but also al-Nusra Front as terrorists.    

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