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    Turkey May Close Border With Syria If Moscow-Ankara Thaw Continues

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    If Moscow and Ankara agree on common approach to fight against terrorism as part of the rapprochement between the two countries, Turkey will close its border with Syria, Russia's Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The ambassador stressed that any thaw between Russia and Turkey would be helpful.

    "If we reach mutual understanding regarding counter-terrorism, if our potential Turkish partners understand that this threat is serious for them as well… if we have progress there, understanding and we will start working within one program to achieve common goals, then of course they will be closing the border," Kinshchak told RIA Novosti.

    The Russian Defense Ministry has been long stressing that militants have been arriving in the war-torn Syria through the border with Turkey, while oil and other goods, revenues from which support terrorist groups in the Arab republic have been leaving it through the country's north and further through Turkey.


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