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Level of ties between Russia, Turkey helps to settle differences on Syria - spokesman

Moscow hopes to resolve all disagreements through negotiations, Dmitry Peskov added

MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. The level of relations between Russia and Turkey allows the countries to resolve the existing differences on Syria through negotiations, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday in an interview with the "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin." program, a fragment of which journalist Pavel Zarubin uploaded to his Telegram channel.

"We do have differences with Turkey on Syria," the Kremlin spokesman said. He reiterated that earlier, the parties managed to neutralize such differences at the talks in Sochi, with a relevant document signed then.

"After that, we heard statements by President [of Turkey Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, and there were also statements from our representatives who said that we also were not satisfied with the way Turkey was fulfilling its obligations," Peskov explained.

However, "the level of our relations and political wisdom allows us to resolve all such disagreements not through confrontation, but through intensive, even if long, but still negotiations," he pointed out. "And this level of mutual understanding and mutual respect is really a good basis to discuss even such difficult situations," Peskov explained.

Overnight on November 20, Turkey embarked on its ‘Claw-Sword’ air operation in northern Iraq and Syria which involved over 50 aircraft and 20 drones with the on-the-ground artillery support. Ankara’s airstrikes hit deployment sites of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is outlawed in Turkey, and its Syrian offshoot, the National Defense Forces.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled plans to conduct a ground operation targeting several regions in Northern Syria simultaneously, namely, Tell Rifaat, Manbij and Ayn al-Arab (Kobani).