Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey had never consented targeting neighboring countries like Russia, Iran or Syria within NATO.
Holding a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, Davutoglu said that Turkey did not launch an initiative to intervene in Iranian issue, adding that Turkey never consented targeting a neighboring country in NATO-related activities.
Iran-Turkey border has always been a border of peace, and it will continue to be so, he added.
Noting that he discussed Iran and Syria issues with Lavrov, Davutoglu said that violence towards civilians should rapidly end in Syria, while implementations of reforms should begin.
Davutoglu said that Turkey's position with Russia was very similar in Iran issue, adding that talks on Iran's nuclear program should resume rapidly. He added that Turkey was ready to host the talks, if Iran returned to negotiation table.
Replying to a question on Syria, Lavrov said Russia wanted bloodshed to end there, stating that they were in favor of a peaceful solution to Syrian crisis through political means.
Lavrov said they were against an external military intervention in Syria. Russia would keep seeking a solution in Syria with its foreign partners and all parties in Syria, he said.
Responding another question, Lavrov said they were open to all offers for end of bloodshed in Syria. Russia would not allow unilateral sanctions on Syria, because decisions on these sanctions were made without consulting Russia, China or other countries, he said. Lavrov also said that resolution of Security Council should not be regarded as a permission for external intervention.
Russia and Turkey had almost same position on Iran and Russia wanted this issue to be solved through diplomatic means, he said. Russia was in favor of (nuclear) talks to be held in Turkey, he said.