Turkey does not stand by any country on Syria: Deputy PM



Turkey does not stand by any country on Syria: Deputy PM

Turkey is not standing by any country on Syria and its policy in the region is different from that of Iran, Russia and the United States, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on April 16.

Speaking to reporters in Qatar, Bozdağ said Turkey did not hesitate to work together with any country that defended “correct principles” on Syria.

His comments were in response to a reporter’s question about an earlier remark from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said Turkey’s support of U.S.-led missile strikes against Syria showed it had “separated” from Russia.

The United States, Britain and France fired more than 100 missiles at Syria on Friday in a “one-time shot” the Pentagon said followed evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for a Chemical weapons attack using at least chlorine gas.

“Turkey’s Syria policy isn’t to stand with or against any country. There is no change to the policy Turkey has been carrying out,” Bozdağ said.

“We do not have a united policy with the United States on the YPG issue, and Turkey’s stance has not changed. We are also against the unconditional support for the (Syrian) regime and we are at odds with Iran and Russia on this,” he said.

Turkey supported the air strikes by U.S., British and French forces, saying the move sent a message to Assad.


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