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Turkey says Russia is keeping its promises on Syria

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara and Moscow have recently built trust on strategic issues

Turkey’s foreign minister Sunday said Russia has kept its recent promises to Turkey on upholding the cease-fire in Syria.

"In recent days, Russia has kept its promises on all efforts regarding the cease-fire, for humanitarian aid, for saving the people from there,” the war-battered city of Aleppo, Mevlut Cavusoglu said in southern resort province of Antalya, which he represents in parliament. "Furthermore, Russia has also given the necessary warnings to those violating the cease-fire."

Last week, the opposition groups in Syria and the Syrian Army reached a cease-fire deal, brokered by Turkey and Russia, to evacuate civilians from eastern Aleppo to safe areas in opposition-held Idlib.

So far, 40,000 people have been evacuated from the area, according to Turkish authorities.

"Turkey has also kept its promises [towards Russia]," Cavusoglu said about the evacuation of civilians from Aleppo. "In this period, Russia and Turkey have trusted each other on strategic issues. Turkey and Russia have mutual trust in each other."

Cavusoglu also gave welcome news to Turkish farmers, saying: "All barriers to trade [with Russia] will be lifted, including raw vegetables and fruit.”

Cavusoglu added that there should be no obstacles to trade between Turkey and Russia.

Trade and other barriers have been falling since Turkey and Russia mended fences over an incident in November 2015 when a Russian fighter jet was downed along the Syrian border after violating Turkish airspace.

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