Turkey hopes to find solution on Syria’s Idlib with Russia ZlotoNews

Gladys Abbott
August 17, 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today rejected the USA sanctions imposed on his country and Turkey during a press conference in this capital.

Turkey's national currency lira has lost nearly 20 percent of its value against USA dollars since Friday, amid ongoing strain between Turkey and the US over detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

He said he would meet with the European Commission's deputy head Frans Timmermans to speed up talks on visa liberalisation for Turks, while Turkish and Russian working groups would hold talks on visa-free travel to Russia after the Muslim Eid holiday next week.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that Andrew Brunson is "a very good person and a strong Christian who's done nothing wrong".

The Turkish top diplomat said he doesn't rule out that the United States may impose sanctions on any European country.

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Last week United Nations humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said that Turkey, Russia and Iran had all agreed to "do their utmost to avoid" a battle in Idlib.

The lira tumbled to a historical low on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump authorized a 20 and 50 percent tariff hike on imported Turkish aluminum and steel, respectively.

On Monday, the Kremlin said that Russian Federation favored bilateral trade with all countries in their national currencies, rather than the dollar, but that the idea needed detailed work before being implemented.

"Turkey has come to this point over irresponsible actions the U.S.in the past few years".

"We appreciate our partners' refusal to join anti-Russian sanctions", he stressed.

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