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Russia Says Turkey May Be Planning Syria `Invasion'

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Russia ramped up its rhetoric in its confrontation with Turkey by accusing it of carrying out “intensive preparations” for a military invasion of Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry sees “a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria,” General-Major Igor Konashenkov said in a e-mailed statement Thursday. There are “reasonable grounds” to suspect Turkey of preparing for action.