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Turkey- Negative rhetoric from Russia declining: Turkish foreign minister

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The negative rhetoric in the war of words between Turkey andRussiais on the decline amid heightened tensions in the wake of Turkey’s downing of aRussianwarplane Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuolu said on Dec. 11.

“One should not sow discord among people. They make hate accusations. But there is a decrease in this rhetoric at the moment” the foreign minister said while speaking in a televised interview.

Çavuolu cited his meeting withRussianForeign Minister Sergei Lavrov inBelgradeon Dec. 3 where his counterpart also expressed Moscow’s willingness to not escalate tension with Ankara.

“We asked to keep dialogue channels open withRussiaand Lavrov did not object” he said.

Russian officials had “sentimental feelings” after the downing of their warplane by Turkey and they had been making accusations against Turkey Çavuolu said.

“Russia wants to utilize all opportunities against Turkey. But our patience is not endless” he said calling on Moscow to reexamine the decision to impose sanctions against Ankara.

No political leader is mediating withRussiaon behalf of Turkey but there are some leaders such as Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev who wanted to help diffuse the tension betweenAnkaraand Moscow he added.

Jarabulus operation still on agenda

Asked if a planned joint operation between Turkey and the U.S. on Jarabulus in Syria aimed to clear the region from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants was halted after Turkey shot down theRussianwarplane Çavuolu said the plan was still on the agenda.

“[The] Jarabulus [operation] has not been put aside. Talks continue” he said.

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