Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meşkov said to TASS news agency on Friday that Russia is ready to evaluate Ankara's cease-fire offer for Aleppo. Yesterday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey would cooperate with Russia "if Russia is sincere in cooperating to establish a permanent cease-fire and transporting humanitarian aid to Syria."
"Russia labels every group against Assad in Syria terrorists regardless of their stance; including moderate opposition. However, Turkey has been providing logistical support to these moderate factions since the beginning of the Syrian crisis. That makes a possible cease-fire deal between the two countries less likely," Ufuk Ulutaş, foreign policy coordinator at the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) told Daily Sabah.
Ulutaş added that a possible Russia-Turkey agreement for a cease-fire in Aleepo would be more functional and durable than the Kerry-Lavrov deal, however, in order to create a common military strategy, Russia's policy toward the opposition should be changed.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday to a Russian website that Russia and Turkey are cooperating constructively in Syria, adding that the two countries could even conduct a joint operation in Syria.
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