Joint Russia-Turkish operations

Turkey on Thursday called on Russia to carry out joint operations against Islamic State (IS) in Syria, after crucial talks between President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan aimed at ending a diplomatic crisis. The comments by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came as a Turkish delegation was in Russia for talks aimed at coordinating actions on Syria and other bilateral issues. “We will discuss all the details. We have always called on Russia to carry out anti-Daesh (IS) operations together,” Cavusoglu said in a live interview with the private NTV television, adding that the proposal was still “on the table”. Cavusoglu urged Russia to fight against the “common enemy” of IS jihadists in Syria. “Let us come together to concentrate our efforts on Daesh,” he said using an Arabic name for the IS group. “Let’s fight against the terrorist group together, so that we can clear it out as soon as possible,” the minister said, warning that if unchecked the group continue to expand and spread into other countries. Erdogan visited Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg on Tuesday — his first trip abroad since the July 15 coup attempt.

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