Putin, Erdogan Agree to Intensify Bilateral Cooperation on Syrian Issue

15 April, 2018, 06:36 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Turkey ‘uncomfortable’ with US-Russia tensions in Syria

Turkey on April 14 welcomed Western strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as an "appropriate response" in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead.

The US, Britain and France hit Syrian military facilities with a wave of joint airstrikes early Saturday in response to an alleged chemical attack blamed on the Syrian military, sparking an outcry from Syria, Russia and Iran.

"It would have been unthinkable to leave the Syrian regime - understood to have conducted a chemical attack in Douma on April 7 - unanswered".

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the strikes had not been launched via Turkey's southern Incirlik air base.

In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said the US-led operation "has eased humanity's conscience in the face of" the suspected chemical attack.

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Presidents Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, April 4, 2018.

Washington believes both sarin and chlorine were used in the attack, a senior United States administration official told reporters on Saturday. The Turkish leader also emphasised the importance of de-escalating the tension in the region.

Ankara said the attacks, with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, that indiscriminately target civilians, "constitute crimes against humanity" and they should not go unpunished. There is no doubt in the worldwide community's conscience on this matter.

Both the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Russian Federation, its ally, have denied all responsibility for the April 7 attack.

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