Putin, Erdogan discuss Syria in phone call

Charlene Craig
April 15, 2018

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 threatened action on Syria this week over alleged in response to alleged chemical attack in the militant-held city of Douma. "The two leaders agreed to stay in close contact about the situation", the White House said, providing no further 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.

Trump also blamed Russian Federation for being partners with "a gas killing animal", referring to Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

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But Turkey and Russian Federation in recent months have put their differences aside and have been working closely to find a political solution to the conflict.

"If an attack occurs against the forces [in Syria] backed by Russian Federation or there is an attack by the USA -supported forces, Russian Federation won't be able to stay away, otherwise it will lose its influence".

"The United States submitted the draft resolution but it was vetoed".

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

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The U.S. support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the PKK terrorist group's Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), made Turkish governments focus on elimination of the group from northern Syria.While Russia provided heavy military support to Assad, his presence in leading the regime has been a matter of disagreement between Ankara and Moscow.

He recently announced a complete pullout from Syria of about 2,000 special operations advisers helping Kurdish and Syrian rebels fight Assad and destroy ISIS, now holed up in one last hardened stronghold.

"Those who support the regime of murderer Assad are making a mistake".

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