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    Moscow May Help Unite Turkey and Syria Against Daesh

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    As the date of the Turkish President’s visit to Moscow draws near, it remains to be seen whether Ankara is ready to mend ties with Russia and Syria in order to fight Daesh and Nusra Front terrorists together.

    Dr. Celalettin Yavuz, a prominent political analyst and former foreign policy and security advisor to the head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), told Sputnik that during his visit to Moscow, which is scheduled for August 9, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does intend to discuss the fight against Daesh (ISIS/Islamic State) and Jabhat al-Nusra with the Russian government.

    "Terrible terrorist attacks took place in Turkey. Ankara finally realized that it needs to work not just with the US-led international coalition, but with Russia and Syria in order to fight against Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front," Yavuz said.

    He pointed out that given the current situation, mending relations between Ankara and Damascus has become a priority. According to Yavuz, if Turkey and Syria start cooperating in the ongoing fight against Islamist terrorists, it would be a significant breakthrough and a very positive development for both countries.

    "I hope that Russia manages to persuade Erdogan, and will become a mediator who would help Ankara and Damascus resume cooperation. That would be another important global diplomatic success for Vladimir Putin," he said.

    He added that establishing cooperation between Turkey and Iraq is also important, despite the fact that the issue of Turkey's military presence on Iraqi soil has soured the relations between the two nations.

    "There are certain differences of opinion between Ankara and Baghdad regarding the Turkish military personnel deployed in Iraq in order to train Peshmerga (Iraqi Kurdish) forces. But Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front pose a serious threat both for the Iraqi government and for Barzani, so I believe that the countries in the region will inevitably start cooperating in order to fight these terrorist groups," Yavuz concluded.

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    terrorism, relations, cooperation, Daesh, Al-Nusra Front, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Russia
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