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Lavrov: Ankara understands Russia not implicated in deaths of Turkish soldiers week ago

December 01, 2016, 13:04 UTC+3

On November 24, Ankara accused the Syrian army of attacking the Turkish military in northern Syria

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Turkish soldiers carry the coffin of those killed in northern Syria

Turkish soldiers carry the coffin of those killed in northern Syria

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ALANYA /Turkey/, December 1. /TASS/. Ankara understands that Moscow and Damascus have nothing to do with the incident with the deaths of the Turkish servicemen near the Syrian city of Al-Bab last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

"The issue was discussed immediately after the incident by our representatives at various levels," he said. "There is a common understanding that Russia and the Syrian Air Force have nothing to do with it. However, of course, we need to continue to establish coordination to make sure that we focus on the stated objectives, namely, the fight against terrorists."

"We have coordination aimed at avoiding unintentional incidents with the US-led coalition, and Turkey is part of it," Lavrov noted. "So I believe it is necessary to verify through these channels who carried out flights."

On November 24, Ankara accused the Syrian army of attacking the Turkish military in northern Syria. The attack has left three Turkish soldiers dead.

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