Moscow: Turkey's Allegation of Russia Ethnically Cleansing Syria 'Groundless'

The denial comes after the Turkish PM accused Russia of attempted 'ethnic cleansing' in northern Syria.

Vladimir Soldatkin and Katya Golubkova
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ankara, Jan. 6, 2015.
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ankara, Jan. 6, 2015.Credit: AFP
Vladimir Soldatkin and Katya Golubkova

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.

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