No change in Turkey’s stance on Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 22
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's stance on Syria hasn't changed, says Omer Celik, a spokesman for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Turkey.
Turkish news channel TRT Haber quoted Celik as saying on Oct. 22 that his country has never supported the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
According to Celik, Assad must resign for the settlement of the Syrian conflict.
He also warned that Syria can become a second Afghanistan.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the Syrian people don't support Assad, and called him the main cause of the bloodshed in that country.
He also noted that Turkey, as in the past, stands for Assad's resignation for the settlement of the Syrian crisis
Assad visited Moscow Oct. 20, and had talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
"Last night, Syria's President Bashar Assad made a working trip to Moscow," said Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russia's president.
"Talks were held with Russian President Vladimir Putin in narrow and expanded formats," Peskov further said.
He added that the members of the senior leadership of Russia also attended the expanded format talks.
"The talks lasted long enough," Peskov said. "The topic of the talks is quite clear."
Russia kicked-off airstrikes against the "Islamic State" (IS, ISIL or ISIS) in Syria on Sept. 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Edited by SI
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