Turkey has done enough to fix ties with USA: foreign minister

Saul Bowman
August 18, 2018

"I'm confident that the grave abuse of the role of the US dollar as a global reserve currency will result over time in the weakening and demise of its role", said Lavrov, who was speaking at a news conference with his Turkish counterpart.

Speaking at a dinner on the sidelines of the 10th Ambassadors' Conference in the Turkish capital, Mevlut Cavusoglu said he had discussions Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the lifting of visas for Turkish citizens and also exchanged views on Syria and Idlib.

At the same time, his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu has called on the United States to return to a dialogue, warning that threats and pressure on Turkey would cause chaos.

Gross misuse of dollar by U.S. will lead to its weakness and switch to national currencies - Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the role of the USA dollar as a global reserve currency may be diminished as more countries switch to national currencies in trade.

"It is necessary to get back to dialogue to resolve the problems".

"For Syria, we are discussing, through different channels, the tasks of overcoming the resistance of the recent terrorist groups, the return of armed opposition which rejects terrorist methods to peaceful life, and the implementation of the de-escalation agreements including in Idlib ..."

Lavrov said there have been intensified attacks in Idlib by an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

According to the senior Russian official, Western countries, by imposing sanctions against Russia, Turkey and Iran, were trying to influence the success of the Astana format in Syria.

The minister's statement comes as ties between Ankara and Brussels are in a normalization process especially after the latter's support to Turkey in its economic row with the United States.

"We are against the USA or any country imposing sanctions", he added.

"We need to differentiate between moderate rebels and radicals".

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