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The #U.S. State Department on Jan. 18 urged #Turkey not to take any action in northern Syria, calling on Ankara to remain focused on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). At a news briefing, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. wanted Turkey to abstain from violence in the northwestern city of Afrin. “We would call [...] on the Turks to not take any actions of that sort,” Nauert said. “We don’t want them to engage in violence but we want them to keep focused on ISIS,” she said, using another acronym for ISIL.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a press conference following a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.
During the press conference, Lavrov Commented on the situation in Syrian #Afrin, denying that #Russia had withdrawn troops from the city. Turkish news agency Anadolu previously reported that Russian military had been leaving #Afrin.