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Turkey: We Differ From Iran, Russia, US on Syria and Middle East

Turkey: We Differ From Iran, Russia, US on Syria and Middle East”

But Bozdag insisted Turkey's longstanding opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had not changed.

Turkey on Monday said French President Emmanuel Macron will not be able to break its partnership with Russian Federation, after he argued the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow. The two countries are also at odds over Washington's support for a Kurdish militia in northern Syria that Turkey considers a terrorist organisation.

"Turkey's Syria policy isn't to stand with or against any country".

Cavusoglu, who was hosting visiting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, said Ankara didn't see having good relations with Moscow as detrimental to having good relations with NATO, Paris or Washington. "We are also against the unconditional support for the (Syrian) regime and we are at odds with Iran and Russian Federation on this", he said.

But Cavusoglu said Macron was mistaken in his assessment and said that Ankara "expected statements befitting of a president" and should express himself "more seriously".

According to data of Russia's Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria's military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by U.S. warplanes and naval ships in cooperation with the British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday.

Macron as well as his counterparts - US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May - have been accused by some critics of overstepping their authority in ordering the strikes.

While Turkey has repeatedly called for Assad's ouster, it has been working closely with regime allies Tehran and Moscow in the Astana peace process, albeit with only moderate success.



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