Turkey Won't Refuse to Cooperate With Russia, Iran on Syria - Deputy PM

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

The comments by Mr Bozdag were in response to a reporter's question about an earlier remark from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said Turkey's support of missile strikes against Syria showed it had "separated" from Russian Federation.

On Saturday, the US, in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, conducted a series of military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad after it accused the latter of being responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Douma, in eastern Ghouta on April 7th.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag also hit back at Macron, saying our "Syria policy is not a policy of being on the same side or being opposed to another country".

Turkey on Monday made a point of distinguishing between its own policies in the Middle East and those of Iran, Russia and the United States.

But Bozdag insisted Turkey's longstanding opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had not changed.

Russian Federation and Iran are the key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and their military intervention in Syria is widely seen as helping his regime stay in power.

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He failed to note, however, that Turkey, Russia and Iran have been at the forefront of a process aimed at ending the seven-year war in Syria, which included the establishing of ceasefire zones. Assad's main supporters are Moscow and Tehran.

USA lawmakers have been considering measures to bar Turkish officials linked to Brunson's detention from entering the US.

According to data of Russia's Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria's military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by United States warplanes and naval ships in cooperation with the British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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