Turkey distances itself from Iran, Russia and USA on Syria

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

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

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. "No", Bozdag said, adding that Turkey "has different policies to Iran and Russian Federation".

"We have strong relations with Russia", Cavusoglu added.

But Cavusoglu said Macron was mistaken in his assessment and said that Ankara "expected statements befitting of a president" and should express himself "more seriously".

"We need the Turkish government to help Afghanistan in the transfer of goods between the two countries through the Lapis Lazuli route", said ACCI deputy chief Khan Jan Alokozai.

"It is of no secret that positions of Moscow and Ankara differ on a number of issues, however, this does not hamper further exchange of bilateral opinions as well as discussions of differences in our positions", Peskov said. "But we continue to discuss our differences and they in no way affect our comprehensive cooperation and joint projects in the economy and other areas", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

The U.S., U.K., and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria earlier on Saturday. Macron claimed that since three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council were participating, the decision was legitimate enough.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had spoken with his USA counterpart Donald Trump over the issue ahead of the airstrikes.

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