With Iran, Turkey we defeated terrorists in Syria: Lavrov

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Speaking at a dinner on the sidelines of the 10th Ambassadors Conference in the Turkish capital, Çavuşoğlu 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.

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

Turkey and Russian Federation will take steps to "enhance strategic partnership" between the two countries, Lavrov said on Tuesday at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. "Today, sanctions are imposed on Turkey, and tomorrow they can be used against any other European state".

TRT World 's Andrew Hopkins reports from Ankara.

Lavrov noted that U.S. sanctions, including those against Turkey, undermine all principles of global trade.

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"Turkey has not done any wrong to the US, not even once".

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.

In response, Turkey raised tariffs on several US -made goods, including alcohol and tobacco products and vehicles.

"He was trying to use economic sanctions and tariffs as a political weapon against his country's economic rivals, including China and the European Union", said the leaders. He said the Assad government has a right to defend itself against opposition attacks and Moscow will support those operations.

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