Moscow calls for constructive work on Syria with Ankara

Disagreements with Turkey on the Syrian settlement have not disappeared, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Disagreements with Turkey on the Syrian settlement have not disappeared, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"The problem issues that we notified UN Security Council about include supporting militants, transparency of the Turkish-Syrian border. They have not disappeared, they remain on the agenda," Zakharova said.

Talking about how normalization of relations between Moscow and Ankara will affect Turkey’s position on Syria, the diplomat said Russia is doing everything possible "to talk with Turkish colleagues about the importance of working together at international platforms, especially in the framework of Syria Support Group."

"We will continue convincing Turkey that constructive work on Syrian settlement is necessary," she concluded.

Punishment for those downing Russian bomber

Moscow hopes that Ankara will meet the request for the most severe punishment for those responsible for Russian pilots' death.

"We proceed on the basis that Ankara, especially since constructive changes have occurred in the bilateral relations, will fully meet the Russian side’s repeated request," the diplomat said. "The people who participated in those events and who caused or were directly responsible for the death of Russian military servicemen, should suffer most severe punishment. This issue remains and it is a priority for us," she said.

First published by TASS.

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