Turkish deputy PM talks on causes of chemical weapons use in Syria

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2018

Turkey does not stand with or against any country on Syria and its policy in the region is different from that of Iran, Russia and the United States, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

His comments were in response to a reporter's question about an earlier remark from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said Turkey's support of US -led missile strikes against Syria showed it had "separated" from Russian Federation. The trial begins today in Aliaga, a town in western Turkey.

Acting U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan briefed Turkey's Foreign Undersecretary Umit Yalcin over the phone on Friday on the latest developments in Syria.

Despite Turkey's cooperation with the likes of Russian Federation and Iran - Mr Assad's main supporters - to abate Syria's ongoing war, Ankara has been vocal about wanting to see the president gone and has even backed rebels against him.

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"With these strikes and this intervention, we separated the Russians and the Turks on this issue. the Turks condemned the chemical strike and supported the operation that we conducted", the French president told BFM TV in an interview.

Turkey supported the air strikes by US, British and French forces, saying the move sent a message to Mr Assad.

Speaking to reporters in Qatar, Bozdağ said Turkey did not hesitate to work together with any country that defended "correct principles" on Syria.

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