Western political leaders including French President Emmanuel are wrong if they think last week’s air strikes in Syria will help them edge their way back into the process to decide the future of the country, said Ilnur Çevik, a senior diplomatic adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Macron is also wrong to suggest that the missile strikes on suspected chemical weapons installations have pulled Turkey to the west’s side, distancing Ankara from Moscow and Tehran, Çevik said in a column for the Daily Sabah newspaper on Tuesday.
Turkey is not an ally of Russia and Iran, in fact it is not thrilled at the two countries’ support for Assad, but Ankara is also not happy with its Western allies doing business with Kurdish terrorist group the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria’s north, he said.
“So Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump would be well advised to support the real opposition forces in Syria that oppose Assad instead of a band of terrorists,” Çevik said. “Then they may be able to edge their way into the peace process in Syria. This cannot be done with a few missiles that have a cost of $300 million.”