Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Turkey 'uncomfortable' with US-Russia tensions in Syria

Turkey 'uncomfortable' with US-Russia tensions in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his USA counterpart Donald Trump talked about the latest developments in Syria in a phone call Wednesday, according to the Turkish presidency.

US President Donald Trump has warned Russian Federation, which maintains a military presence in Syria, that US missiles "will be coming" to Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on April 7 in the Syrian town of Douma. "The two leaders agreed to maintain close contact relative to the current situation", the White house said, without going into details.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said that there are strong suspicions that the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma, in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta was carried out by the Assad regime.

The local civil defense agency blames the Bashar al-Assad regime forces for the attack.

And in recent months, Turkey has worked closely with Russian Federation despite their differences.

Mr Erdogan said he would speak to Russian despot Vladimir Putin later today about the crisis.

Turkey is allegedly a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, allowing USA planes to fly against ISIS from Incirlik. This comes after he spoke with President Trump Wednesday about preventing future attacks in Syria.

He added that the use of Turkey's air bases during the potential strike against the regime will be discussed with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who will arrive in Ankara on an official visit Monday. If there's any Russian (or Iranian or North Korean) dense enough to still keep assets in these United States, maybe they don't really care about them.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralised" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Despite the resolution, the Assad regime last month launched a major ground offensive backed by Russian Federation aimed at capturing Eastern Ghouta's last opposition strongholds.

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