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ISTANBUL, December 3 (Itar-Tass) — The deployment of NATO’s Patriot systems arouses Russia’s concern and does not facilitate stabilisation of the “shaky situation” in the region, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
Peskov accompanies Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has begun the visit to Istanbul.
This issue will be in the focus of the talks between Putin and the Turkish leadership.
The deployment of NATO’s Patriot systems arouses Russia’s concern, the Kremlin official said, adding that Russia “inform the Turkish partners about its concerns”.
Peskov said the talks would be held in two aspects: bilateral relations, which “are notable by their diversity and full of excellent projects and international issues”. Russia and Turkey “have serious disagreements on international issues. And we don’t hide this fact”, the presidential spokesman stressed.
In his words, “several steps do not facilitate the normalisation of the situation in the region.”
Peskov said the Syrian problem would be in the agenda. “Russia’s position is consistent and absolutely transparent: one warring party cannot be upheld. This cannot facilitate the settlement of the conflict,” Peskov said, adding, “Active support for one warring party only incite the conflict.”
The spokesman did not rule out that Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyit Erdogan would discuss the detention of Russia’s jet by Turkey.