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    Jobar, a district of Damascus controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra militants

    Russia, Turkey Reach Breakthrough Agreement on Fighting Terrorists in Syria

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    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.

    Russia and Turkey agreed that opposition groups should withdraw from the territories controlled by the terrorists. This agreement could be a breakthrough in the fight with terrorism in Syria.

    Russia has long been insisting on the exclusion of al-Nusra Front from the Syrian talks.

    Previously, Turkey supported al-Nusra Front. In his article, Foreign Affairs observer Aaron Stein noted that Ankara began supporting al-Nusra Front in opposition to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey considers PKK a terrorist group.

    As a result, Turkey allowed al-Nusra militants to use its territory for preparing attacks in Syria. Moreover, Ankara long opposed international efforts to put al-Nusra Front on the terrorist list.

    According to Sergei Lavrov, Turkey has accepted the new rules of the game in Syria. Now, if moderate opposition forces do not leave the areas controlled by the terrorists they will be considered as terrorists’ accomplices.

    "Those who don't want to get hit [by Russian and Syrian airstrikes] need to leave positions occupied by Jabhat al-Nusra [al-Nusra Front] and IS [Daesh]. If the patriotic opposition, constructive opposition remains in areas controlled by terrorists, it needs to withdraw its units. Otherwise it will be considered an accomplice," Lavrov said.

    "Turkey sees that the groups it supported are Ankara’s enemies," Viktor Nadein-Raevsky, senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economics and International Relations, told Gazeta.ru.

    Theodore Karasik from the Washington-based think-tank Gulf State Analytics said it is very important for Turkey to agree with Russia on al-Nusra Front to "correct its own mistakes."

    On Saturday, the Financial Times reported that Turkey is readying steps that could turn the tide of the Syrian war.

    Turkey is looking to the "narrowing of its goals in Syria," Stein told the newspaper.

    "Its priority will be subduing Kurdish rivals and weakening Isis [Daesh] — aims for which it could expect Russian support in exchange for Ankara dropping its demand for regime change in Syria," the article read.

    In order to achieve these goals, Ankara will need Russia’s support and must be ready to abandon the idea of toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad. The letter President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent to Russian leader Vladimir Putin was a signal that Ankara is ready to change its policy in Syria, Stein pointed out.


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      Excellent. Congratulations, Mr. Lavrov, and thank you.
    • avatar
      JUST don't send the BEST to teach. As always Russia does. Send trainees to train and do jobs. And NO tech given . That's a NATO member.

      Washington deal is going to the trash can. Washington played a marked card and the house went to punching game.
      Using KURD'S created this. Washington is losing the glove on hand touch.

      Russia is doing a BIG mistake too. Instead of create a CSTO CHANNEL, with offers for new members. , Russia is just reacting to NATO new members. BIG MISTAKE..

      Russia should be offering countries to JOIN CSTO as NATO alternative. get them to join the Rus aerospace forces initiative on safe airfields. Denying aerial interventions. Coups, and more. IF Russia offered this to Ukraine, Ukraine would had never fell to NATO , E.U coup D etat.l Add all west.
      Russia should offer it even to Turkey. they can refuse, but the offer will still stand. FINLAND could join EEU and CSTO. Or begin checking violation of sanctions among the 7,000 industries in Russia. Or they could GO HOME.

      Why host the ENEMY to make cash to use it against YOU!!
    • avatar
      Now the hard part to get the other 2 principal terrorist entities, aka the apartheid abomination in occupied Palestine and USSA to betray their terrorist creation. I don't see it happening.
    • avatar
      According to Sergei Lavrov, Turkey has accepted the new rules of the game in Syria. Now, if moderate opposition forces do not leave the areas controlled by the terrorists they will be considered as terrorists’ accomplices.
      that's the other way it can be. good. But assume Erdogan is lying
    • Selectric Typeball
      [In order to achieve these goals, Ankara will need Russia’s support and must be ready to abandon the idea of toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad.]

      [The letter President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent to Russian leader Vladimir Putin was a signal that Ankara is ready to change its policy in Syria, Stein pointed out.]
    • FlorianGeyer
      How many head choppers will simply re badge to a more moderate ' head shot' gang of terrorists ?
      I hope Russia has also insisted that ALL the Turkish borders will be sealed to all terrorist groups and that a joint Syrian/Russian, Turkish border force be installed on the Turkish side of the border to control genuine refugees and aid convoys.

      Turkey should also tell the Saudi's to leave Turkish soil and Turkey should refrain from proxi terrorist meddling in the Ukraine and other states close to Russia.
    • avatar
      What is Recep's motivation in all of this? This seems too good to be true.
    • avatar
      Captain_ ......Are you serious have you seen the Turkish beaches ..EMPTY... thats why he pizzed on the blokes shoes who feeds him? now he has returned with shoe polish in hand. Man cannot live from dreams alone for sooner or later reality will bite real bad.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)

      You are correct. God willing, the Turkish tourist industry will be harmed for years to come. The army will then be obliged to depose the Sultan.

      Who in their right minds would want to transit at any Turkish airport now ?
    • avatar
      Czar Peter I used to say: “Don’t trust the three: don’t trust a woman, don’t trust a TURK, and don’t trust a teetotaler.”
    • Terra
      Without any action to back your words up your words means completely nothing turkey!
    • Terrain reply toCaptain_Williard(Show commentHide comment)
      Well said!
    • Terrain reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      Well said!
    • avatar
      agreement, now time to act on the turk's part.
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