MOSCOW, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Friday urged Turkey to restrain from any step that may further aggravate its border tensions with Syria.
"We hope that the Turkish side would exercise restraint and would not undertake any step that may further aggravate the situation in the region," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posed on its official website.
The ministry said that Moscow has already taken notice of statements by officials from the Turkish government and the Foreign Ministry that Ankara would do its best to prevent the escalation of tensions and would coordinate its policy on Syria with the international community.
"Russia continues calling for a peaceful settlement to the crisis in Syria by the Syrians themselves in strict compliance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the Geneva communique, " the ministry added.
Reports said Turkish artillery has fired on Syrian targets for two days after a deadly mortar strike from Syria on Wednesday killed five civilians and injured a dozen others in the Turkish border town of Akcakale.
The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned the incident of artillery shelling in Turkey from Syria and called on both countries to exercise restraint.