The Russian embassy to Ankara has not confirmed that three people detained in the Turkish province of Adana on suspicion of belonging to the terrorist group Islamic State hold Russian citizenship.
"Turkey has not yet officially notified us that charges have been brought against them. We so far presume that no Russians were detained, and this is not more than just some media report," Alexander Leshukov, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Ankara, said in a telephone interview with Interfax on Aug. 14.
Asked whether the problem of detentions of Russians attempting to cross the Turkish-Syrian border to join Islamic State is pressing enough, Leshukov replied, "Definitely, as IS recruiters are actively working in Russian Federation territory."
Leshukov had told Interfax earlier that the Russian embassy had forwarded an inquiry to the Turkish Foreign Ministry regarding reports on the detention of Russian citizens.
A number of Arab media outlets had reported on Monday that three people, presumably Russian nationals, had been detained in the Turkish province of Adana on suspicion of belonging to Islamic State.
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