December 10, 2015 / 9:45 AM / 2 years ago

Russia says Turkey's accusations of ethnic cleansing in Syria groundless

Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends a news briefing in Moscow, Russia, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Thursday that accusations by Turkey of Moscow allegedly conducting ethnic cleansing in Syria are “groundless”.

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia on Wednesday of attempted “ethnic cleansing” in northern Syria, saying Moscow was trying to drive out the local Turkmen and Sunni Muslim populations to protect its military interests in the region.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Katya Golubkova

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