April 16, 2018 / 11:40 AM / 6 days ago

Turkey's ties with Russia too strong to be broken by Macron: foreign minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s ties with Russia are too strong to be broken by France’s president, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, after Emmanuel Macron said Ankara’s support of missile strikes on Syria showed it had “separated” from Russia.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

At a joint news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Ankara, Cavusoglu added that Turkey’s relations with Russia were not an alternative to its ties with NATO, France and the United States.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Ece Toksabay

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