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Turkey: US airstrike is 'positive response to war crimes'

10 April, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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Within hours of the USA cruise missile strikes, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan described the action as a "positive and concrete step against the war crimes of the Assad regime" and said the worldwide community must do more.

Saturday's phone call was the first between the top diplomats of Russian Federation and the United States since the strikes on the Syrian airfield. In a speech in the Aegean city of Izmir, Erdogan described Europe as a "sick man", using the jibe that nineteenth century European politicians used to describe the decaying Ottoman Empire.He once again threatened after the April 16 referendum to sign into law the reinstatement of the death penalty - if it was passed by parliament - a move that would automatically end the European Union membership bid."Europe will pay for what they have done".

"Both by the Syrian government and by Russian Federation as the guarantor to play the role in Syria of securing chemical weapons, destroying the chemical weapons and continuing to monitor that situation".

"I think Erdogan can spin this into a win, but it really isn't one".

The frigate Admiral Grigorovich, reached the group of at least six warships off the coast of Syria, Russia state media reported.

Tillerson says the Islamic State group is a threat not just to the USA but to stability in the region.

Turkish policy in Syria is in disarray. He also said the top US priority in the region hasn't changed and remained the defeat of Islamic State militants. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack. "That could lead to Turkey being perceived as an inconsistent, unpredictable and therefore unreliable actor".

Yildirim also said Turkey supported and welcomed what he termed the US "response" to Tuesday's chemical weapons attack in Idlib.

At a rally in the southern province of Hatay, which borders Idlib, Erdogan urged the worldwide community to go further.

His foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, was more explicit, saying Assad's administration should immediately be removed.

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Cavusoglu said after the transitional government takes over, it will be followed with elections in which Syrians in the country and overseas can vote.

Ankara has also set up refugee camps on the Syrian side of the border and the Turkish Red Crescent estimates it is providing aid to around 5 million people inside Syria. "It is necessary to make it absolutely clear that such U.S. military action is unacceptable to us", the spokeswoman added.

More than 100 civilians were reportedly killed and 500 others - mostly children - were injured in Tuesday's attack on Khan Shaykhun town in Syria's northwest. Not surprisingly, he promised stability and in a familiar-sounding plea, asked the assemblage if they want "a great Turkey".

"Moscow is ready to cooperate with Washington even at the toughest moment of bilateral relations", she said.

"The chemical attack in Idlib, and Russia's silence and attempts to defend the Syrian regime, was the drop that filled the glass", he said.

The attack comes at a time of increasing reports of civilian deaths in airstrikes by the US -led coalition in northern Syria.

But Mr Johnson attacked the Kremlin and said he would instead focus on building support with allies to secure a ceasefire in war-torn Syria. But it remains to be seen what that role would be.

"I hope Russian Federation is thinking carefully about its continued alliance with Bashar al-Assad", he said, "because every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility".

"Turkey is where it was on April 6, 2017".

REYHANLI, Turkey Ahmad Mustafa fled northern Syria to Turkey four months ago, badly injuring his hand along the way.


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