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Turkey's top diplomat says important to implement Turkish-Russian agreements on Aleppo

December 16, 2016, 14:55 UTC+3

Turkey continues negotiations with Russia and Iran to resume the population’s evacuation from eastern Aleppo, Cavusoglu stressed

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ANKARA, December 16. /TASS/. Turkey and Russia have reached agreements on Aleppo, but there is the need to implement them, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara.

"The situation in Aleppo has been constantly deteriorating of late. Together with Russia we held very intense talks and reached certain agreements. It is very important now to implement these agreements," he said.

Turkey and Russia have established close and effective cooperation to implement the agreements on Syria’s Aleppo, a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry told reporters in Ankara on Friday.

"In the current situation, Turkey and Russia are moving together trusting each other. Russia fulfills all its promises, and we see that it fully stands by its words in terms of implementing the agreements [on the truce in Aleppo and evacuation of the population - TASS]. We are also doing everything that we promised, and Russia sees that," the diplomat said.

He noted that the two countries had been able to "again establish close cooperation on Syria, particularly, on what is going in Aleppo. "Of course, we criticize each other. That happened before, and now we express criticism on various issues. We do see though that Russia is making a big effort to comply with the agreements on Aleppo," he noted.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said earlier on Friday that "Turkey, Russia and Iran have a unanimous opinion on the need to end the hostilities in Syria and begin political talks." He added that Ankara constantly holds talks with Moscow and Tehran at various levels.

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