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Turkish leaders ought to be careful not to allow their highly pragmatic foreign policy to damage the trust other countries have in Ankara, as they need the cooperation of regional states in dealing with huge challenges facing them.
Turkey would likely opt to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-57 twin-engine warplanes in place of US F-35 single-engine stealth fighter jets if Washington suspends the delivery of the latter in response to Ankara’s sale of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia.
Russian lawmakers say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has commended Soviet air defence systems, which helped Damascus repel 71 Western missiles.
A political analyst says the US-led military action against Syria on Saturday was aimed at humiliating Russia.
The Russian ambassador to Tehran says no one could claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the opposition, stressing that there is no doubt the supporters of the terrorists were behind the attack.
The death toll from the fire at the Winter Cherry shopping centre in Kemerovo, Sunday, has increased to 37, with reports of 69 people still missing, including 40 children.
The incumbent Vladimir Putin cruised to victory on Sunday for another six-year presidential term after securing at least 76% of processed votes.
Russian media are reporting that there is an ongoing cyber-attack on Russia’s Central Election Commission, targeting its information centre.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, a major candidate in this year’s presidential votes, has cast his ballot in the nationwide elections at a polling station in Moscow.