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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed that Ankara did not intend to take action against Russia over the poisoning case of former Russian double agent in United Kingdom, the Habertürk newspaper reported.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey's intelligence chief would meet Iraqi officials to discuss an Iraqi military operation in Sinjar, a region of north Iraq that is home to the country's Yazidi minority.

Tusk said that the Varna meeting had "demonstrated that while our relationship is going through hard times, in areas where we do cooperate, we cooperate well".

But, he added "we will have a frank and open debate with President Erdogan".

It added that Turkish warplanes targeted PKK in Northern Iraq, where the group has its main base in Mount Qandil region.

The EU and Turkey failed to reach any "concrete solutions or compromises" in talks in Varna, EU President Tusk said after the meeting.

On January 20, Ankara, jointly with the opposition Free Syrian Army forces, launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin in order to "clear" Turkey's Syrian border from what is regarded as a terrorist threat.

"Turkey and Iraq seem to be in an agreement over Sinjar, they both have similar interests - to rule the area", he said.

But the USA military has worked closely with the YPG inside Syria, making the Kurdish fighters the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), set up to fight the Islamic State group.

PKK is a separatist organisation based in Turkey and Iraq, which is involved in an armed conflict with the Turkish state since 1984, with the aim of achieving an independent Kurdish state.

Mr Erdogan has vowed to extend military operation along the border and on Sunday said the Turkish-led forces would take control of the town of Tel Rifaat.

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