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Moscow appreciates Turkey's independent foreign policy and Ankara's refusal to join anti-Russian sanctions, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Ankara after taking part in a session of Turkey's ambassadors and permanent envoys to worldwide organizations.

Turkey and the United States are now experiencing rocky relations following Washington's imposition of sanctions on two government ministers who "played leading roles in the arrest and detention" of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces terrorism-related charges in Turkey.

Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday he hoped his country and Russian Federation could find a solution over the northern Syrian region of Idlib, a rebel-held enclave which the Syrian government says it aims to recapture.

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He also noted that Moscow appreciates Turkey's rejection to join the anti-Russia sanctions by the West, saying the U.S. "Today, sanctions are imposed on Turkey, and tomorrow they can be used against any other European state".

Last week United Nations humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said that Turkey, Russia and Iran had all agreed to "do their utmost to avoid" a battle in Idlib.

TRT World 's Andrew Hopkins reports from Ankara.

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These four countries are also known to have been opposing the sanctions of the US on Iran.

"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.

Last week, Trump ramped up his attack on Ankara by doubling tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

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