Turkey Says Not Siding With Anyone On Syria, Policy Different From Iran, Russia, U.S.
Turkey does not stand with or against any country on Syria and its policy in
the region is different from that of Iran, Russia and the U. S., Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said
The comments by Bozdag, the government spokesman, were in response to a reporter’s question about an earlier
remark from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said Turkey’s support of missile strikes against Syria showed it had “separated” from Russia.
The U. S., 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,” Bozdag told reporters in Qatar.
“We do not have a united policy with the U.S. 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.
While Turkey is cooperating with both Russia and Iran to wind down some of the violence in Syria, Ankara has
long demanded that President Al-Assad must go and has backed rebels against him. Assad’s main supporters
are Moscow and Tehran.
Turkey has also been at loggerheads with Washington over U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia,
which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation linked to Kurdish militants waging a decades-long insurgency
in Turkish soil.
Turkey supported the air strikes by U.S., British and French forces, saying the move sent a message to Assad.
Bozdag said Turkey did not hesitate to work together with any country who defended “correct principles” on