Russian Federation says dollar's days numbered as global trade currency

Larry Hoffman
August 18, 2018

Russian Federation hopes that a reasonable approach will prevail in worldwide relations and countries will return to a depoliticized dialogue, Lavrov said.

"Despite everything, we are ready to talk about everything to solve the existing problems as equal partners", he said.

But Lavrov, speaking on a visit to the Turkish capital on Tuesday, did not make any commitments for Russian Federation to drop the dollar in trade with Turkey, whose lira currency plummeted to a record low against the dollar this week.

For his part, Lavrov said that the US' "unlawful and illegitimate" sanctions policy can not last for long.

Lavrov said Russian Federation and Turkey would continue talks for the full implementation of Astana deal which envisages de-escalation zones in Syria, including in Idlib.

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

He pointed out that the West and especially the U.S. are trying to block the path of Astana to prevent the settlement of the crisis in Syria, pointing out that the imposition of sanctions on the guarantor states (Russia, Iran, and Turkey) may aim to influence the results of the talks in Astana in particular.

"Of course our desire is the total lifting of visas", Cavusoglu said.

By imposing sanctions, the U.S. is also punishing its allies, according to Lavrov.

Cavusoglu, for his part, said that terrorist groups that had arrived in Idlib from Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta were operating and urged their elimination, warning, however, against a complete bombing of the de-escalation zone. They threaten the civilian population. Despite their presence, we can not bomb the city, as it will result in mass casualties [among civilians].

Speaking to ambassadors in Ankara, Cavusoglu also said Turkey's relations with the European Union were on a firmer basis and normalising once again.

"Within the framework of the Astana process, we have taken measures aimed at building more confidence between the Idlib opposition and the government".

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