Istanbul attack seeks to scupper Ankara's attempt to mend ties with Moscow

Istanbul attack seeks to scupper Ankara's attempt to mend ties with Moscow

The Istanbul airport attack was aimed at disrupting Turkey's attempts to mend relations with Russia and Israel, Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian parliament's upper house, said Wednesday, Sputin reports.

"The terrorist attack was directed against the attempts of the Turkish authorities to improve relations with Russia and Israel. Turkey, as it seems to be, is being warned against participation in the single anti-terrorist front that is being created first and foremost with the Russian diplomatic efforts," Kosachev said on his official Facebook account.

He expressed confidence that the tragedy will not hamper the dialogue between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan because "against all odds, today we stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey."

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