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Russia calls on Turkey to show ‘restraint’ in Syria

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia on Tuesday said it hoped Turkey would exercise ‘restraint’ and refrain from ‘any excessive use of force’ in Syria, where Ankara has carried out air strikes and is threatening to launch a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters.

‘We hope to convince our Turkish colleagues to refrain from resorting to excessive use of force on Syrian territory’ to ‘avoid the escalation of tensions’, Alexander Lavrentyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy on Syria, told reporters in Astana.

Turkey on Sunday launched a series of air raids targeting bases of outlawed Kurdish militants across northern Syria and Iraq.

At least 37 people were killed in the strikes, according to a report by Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

‘Russia has for months … done everything possible to prevent any large-scale ground operation,’ Lavrentyev said in the Kazakh capital, which is hosting a tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria…”

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