Putin, Erdogan discuss Syria in phone call

15 April, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Angel Logan
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The President of the United States Donald trump and President Recep Tayyip erdoğan discussed the crisis in Syria and agreed to maintain close contacts, the White house said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is anxious by the "arm wrestling" of world powers over Syria, adding he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin how to stop chemical attacks in the country.

The Damascus suburb of Douma Saturday was hit by a suspected chemical attack, which left at least 78 civilians dead, according to the White Helmets.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier in the day that "the Assad regime must leave Syria", alleging the regime has killed almost 1 million people with airstrikes and bombs.

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

The current situation in the Kurdish-dominated Syrian city of Afrin remains quite tense since it went under the full control of the Turkish military forces in late March as a result of its military offensive in the area dubbed Olive Branch. The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on February, 24, calling for a month-long ceasefire in Syria.

On January 20, Turkey, together with the Free Syrian Army opposition forces, launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin. He tweeted that Russian Federation should get ready for a strike on Syria after Moscow reportedly vowed to shoot down missiles.

Erdoğan said YPG/PKK terrorists will be eliminated "one by one", adding: "We will continue our presence and activities in Syrian territories until they become safe for everyone".

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

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in the Mount Qandil region, near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed terror campaign.

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