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    According to the Turkish deputy prime minister, Russia and the US should strike a compromise and take steps in order to reach peace in Syria.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Russia and the United States should strike a compromise and take steps in order to reach peace in the crisis-torn Syria, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday.

    "Attacks on [Syria's northern city of] Aleppo are ongoing… We see a human tragedy that cannot be accepted. We call on all the states concerned, first of all the United States and Russia to end finger-pointing games and to make the necessary steps [to reach peace]," Kurtulmus told reporters in Ankara.

    Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011. A number of countries, including both Russia and the United States have made a number of efforts to settle the conflict.

    On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new peace plan to address the conflict in Syria in Geneva. The ceasefire deal was later shattered by numerous violations, which resulted in intensified fighting between the Syrian government and militants in Aleppo. The Syrian government later announced an end to the ceasefire regime.

    In the wake of the ceasefire's end, US officials said that US-Russian cooperation may be suspended unless Russia prevents the Syrian army offensive, while Russia stressed that the United States failed to adhere to the September deal as it did not separate terrorists from moderate opposition. Russian officials have expressed their regret over the US plans stressing that Moscow was interested in cooperation with Washington.

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