Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Erdogan Calls on Putin to End Northern Syria Attacks by Regime Forces

Erdogan Calls on Putin to End Northern Syria Attacks by Regime Forces

"If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime".

Humanitarian aid organisations, rescuers and activists allege the Syrian and Russian air forces have struck hospitals, schools and marketplaces in congested residential areas in rebel-held towns.

Turkey, which opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but has been working with his allies Iran and Russian Federation to reduce the fighting in Idlib, says the latest army assault could not have taken place without Tehran and Moscow's support. Ankara consider them as a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

Negotiations have stalled since 2016 amid European Union criticism of human rights violations in Turkey and Ankara's combative rhetoric aimed at some European Union member states, whom he compared to Nazi Germany.

The official also pointed at the fact that fresh conflict in northern Syria could trigger more displacement on its southern border.

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Turkey is not happy that the United States has continued to support and arm Syrian Kurdish fighters, and their foreign ministry has summoned the top USA diplomat in the country to voice its "discomfort" over the situation.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the issue was discussed with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura during his recent visit to Moscow.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday that Turkey's fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated coup attempt, is crucial for the revival of trust in its judiciary.

Russia's relations with Turkey have suffered a blow due to the latest developments in Syria. "We clearly understand that, and therefore we will show solidarity", Russian media quoted Putin as saying.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires to voice its displeasure over Washington's arming and training of the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria, the sources said.

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