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Syria's state-run media slams Turkish economic sanctions

(Xinhua)

18:43, December 01, 2011

DAMASCUS, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Syrian state-run daily said Thursday that Turkish economic sanctions on Damascus aims to harm the interests of the Syrian people and undermine Syria's stances against U.S. plans to control the region.

The Turkish measures violate all economic and trade cooperation rules between the two countries, and their implications will appear simultaneously on both sides as they affect the business activities, Tishrin daily, the mouthpiece of the Syrian government, said in its front page editorial Thursday.

On Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced a series of sanctions on Syria, including the freezing of its government assets in Turkey and a travel ban on Syrian leaders.

Turkey will suspend the relations between the Turkish and Syrian central banks, Davutoglu said at a cabinet meeting in the Turkish prime minister's office.

Turkey will also block the delivery of all weapons and military equipment to Syria through its territory, he said, adding that the Turkey-Syria High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council will be suspended until legitimate rule is established in Syria.

The weapons embargo came in contrary to the latest Russian stance that rejected any arms embargo on Syria.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that lessons should be learnt from the situation in Libya, where an embargo on arms supplies was "only applied to the Libyan army."

"Groups, including those formed by citizens who penetrated to Syria from other states, have been actively supplied with arms," he said. "That is why proposals to introduce a ban on any arms supplies to Syria are quite unfair."

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