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    Lavrov: US 'Fully Aware' Turkey Could Aggravate Situation in Syria

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    The United States is fully aware that Turkey could further destabilize the situation in conflict-torn Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Ankara was ready to send ground troops to Syria if necessary.

    "I think it [the United States] is fully aware," the Russian top diplomat said answering a question how seriously the United States treated Turkey as a party able to destabilize the situation in Syria.

    In April, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Ankara's role on the Syrian-Turkish border was "absolutely destructive."

    A US-Russia-brokered ceasefire came into force across Syria on February 27. It does not apply to terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Nusra Front.

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