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US-led coalition asks Russia to concentrate on fighting IS and not attack Syrian opposition

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gets out of his car as he prepares to meet France's President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2 , 2015.  Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany in a revived European push to bring peace to eastern Ukraine.The long-awaited summit in Paris on Friday is being overshadowed by international concerns about Russia’s military intervention in Syria this week.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gets out of his car as he prepares to meet France's President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2 , 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany in a revived European push to bring peace to eastern Ukraine.The long-awaited summit in Paris on Friday is being overshadowed by international concerns about Russia‚Äôs military intervention in Syria this week.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Qasioun News, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Syrians gather as smoke rises from the rubble of  a building in the aftermath of a Russian airstrike, in Dair al-Asafeer village, rural Damascus, Syria. Russian fighter jets have kept up a sustained rhythm of airstrikes since Wednesday. They carried out 18 sorties in the past 24 hours, including 10 overnight in which seven sites were bombed, the Defense Ministry said Friday. (Qasioun News via AP Video) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Qasioun News, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Syrians gather as smoke rises from the rubble of a building in the aftermath of a Russian airstrike, in Dair al-Asafeer village, rural Damascus, Syria. Russian fighter jets have kept up a sustained rhythm of airstrikes since Wednesday. They carried out 18 sorties in the past 24 hours, including 10 overnight in which seven sites were bombed, the Defense Ministry said Friday. (Qasioun News via AP Video) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Qasioun News, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Syrians gather and use a fire extinguisher on the rubble of a building in the aftermath of a Russian airstrike, in Dair al-Asafeer village, rural Damascus, Syria. Russian fighter jets have kept up a sustained rhythm of airstrikes since Wednesday. They carried out 18 sorties in the past 24 hours, including 10 overnight in which seven sites were bombed, the Defense Ministry said Friday. (Qasioun News via AP Video) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Qasioun News, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Syrians gather and use a fire extinguisher on the rubble of a building in the aftermath of a Russian airstrike, in Dair al-Asafeer village, rural Damascus, Syria. Russian fighter jets have kept up a sustained rhythm of airstrikes since Wednesday. They carried out 18 sorties in the past 24 hours, including 10 overnight in which seven sites were bombed, the Defense Ministry said Friday. (Qasioun News via AP Video) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's Foreign Ministry says Ankara and its allies in the U.S.-led coalition are calling on Russia to immediately cease attacks on the Syrian opposition and to focus on fighting Islamic State militants.

A joint statement by France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Britain and the United States expressed concern over Russia's military actions saying they will "only fuel more extremism and radicalization." The text of the statement was released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday, and confirmed by the French Foreign Ministry.

Turkey and its allies are concerned that the Russian airstrikes could be serving to strengthen Syrian President Bashar Assad rather than hitting Islamic State fighters. Turkey has long pushed for Assad to be overthrown.