May 31, 2016 / 11:15 AM / a year ago

Russia to Turkey: Withdraw your troops from Iraq - RIA cites Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 17, 2016.Leonhard Foeger

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia demands that Turkey withdraw its troops from Iraq, the RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Tuesday.

"This (keeping troops in Iraq) is an absolutely unacceptable position," it cited Lavrov as saying. "In principle, I believe that what the Turks are doing deserves far greater public attention on the part of our Western partners."

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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