Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
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Russian FM accuses U.S. of attempts to impede Astana process for Syria

Russian FM accuses U.S. of attempts to impede Astana process for Syria

Turkey is ready to discuss its ongoing issues with the United States as long as there are no threats, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, amid a widening dispute between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that has sent the Turkish currency plunging. Both countries are also facing US sanctions, so one idea they floated: Stick to their own national currencies for trade and avoid using the dollar at all. "The main target for the present moment is Jabhat al-Nusra", said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

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"Today, sanctions are imposed on Turkey, tomorrow they can be used against any other European nation".

"The use of national currencies for mutual trade has for several years been one of the tasks that the presidents of Russian Federation and Turkey had set", said Lavrov.

Angered by the continued detention of an American pastor, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on two cabinet ministers and threatened more.

The U.S. Congress also passed a bill prohibiting the sale of F-35 jets to Turkey pending a review assessing the possible risk associated with Ankara's purchase of the S-400 air defense system.

Relations between Turkey and the United States strained following US President Donald Trump's decision to raise customs duties on aluminum and steel imports from Turkey to 20 and 50%, respectively. "Not only with Turkey and Iran, we're also arranging and already implementing payments in national currencies with the People's Republic of China", Lavrov said.

Russian Federation seeks to use national currencies in trade with Turkey but the issue needs to be worked out meticulously, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

These four countries are also known to have been opposing the sanctions of the US on Iran.

"We need to determine these terrorist (groups) and eliminate them with intelligence and military forces", he said in Ankara ahead of talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, whose country has backed Assad militarily.

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