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    The recent improvement of relations between Moscow and Ankara in the issues related to the ongoing civil war in Syria and settlement efforts is a great achievement, a Russian adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He added that Tehran's decision to join the efforts of both Moscow and Ankara aimed at the settlement of the Syrian crisis showed that all these states were ready to move beyond their ambitions in order to settle the problem.

    "I think that rapprochement of Russia and Turkey, especially reaching an agreement in the area where we have had absolutely opposite views on the situation [in Syria], we have supported different parties to the Syrian conflict and I think that it is a significant achievement that we have become almost peacekeepers, that we have reached the cessation of hostilities," Vitaly Naumkin said on the sidelines of the conference dubbed "The Middle East: When will tomorrow come?" organized by the Valdai Discussion Club.

    Following a period of deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey, the two sides started to improve their ties and bring together their positions on many issues, including on Syria.

    Moscow and Ankara, along with Tehran, have also made a number of efforts aimed at the cessation of hostilities in the crisis-torn state, such as establishment of a trilateral mechanism on monitoring the ceasefire in Syria.

    ussia and Turkey are guarantors of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire that came into force on December 30, and has been holding up in general, despite continued reports of violations. The UN Security Council passed a resolution in December supporting the effort.


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