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    Damascus Sees No Positive Impact of Russia-Turkey Thaw on Syrian Crisis

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    The thaw in the Russian-Turkish ties has not translated to gains for the Syrian government fighting jihadists on the ground, the Syrian national reconciliation minister told Sputnik on Thursday.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — Russia has been supporting Syria's legitimate authorities, the government of President Bashar Assad, while Turkey has sided with the so-called moderate opposition in Syria.

    "We have not seen any positive results from this settlement as yet. Neither in politics, because Turkey has not changed its political course – nor on the ground, because Ankara continues to support [militants]," Minister Ali Haidar said.

    Relations between Moscow and Ankara soured after a Turkish fighter downed a Russian frontline bomber near the Syrian border in November 2015 and started improving after Ankara apologized in June.

    In August, Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield with the stated goal of driving Daesh militants from the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area. But, speaking with Sputnik, Ali Haidar described the offensive as occupation.

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