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Stop insisting on Assad leadership: Turkey to Russian Federation

Melinda Barton | 10 April, 2017, 00:58

Kalın also stressed the need to "enforce a no-fly zone and create safe zones in Syria without further delay", in order to "prevent similar massacres" from happening again. They were referring to the 2003 USA -led invasion of Iraq after Washington accused Saddam Hussein of hiding weapons of mass destruction - a belief that later turned out to be incorrect.

The ministry also spoke out in support of removing Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government, while calling for the establishment of a transitional government.

In an interview to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation", Tillerson says Russians were not targeted by the strikes.

Tillerson's comments came just a few days after the United States fired dozens of cruise missiles at the Syrian airbase that was allegedly used in the chemical attack.

But while a US missile strike against a Syrian government air base this week may have kindled some optimism that Washington could step up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, nobody in Reyhanli expects to be able to go home soon.

Cavusoglu said he had spoken with the French and German foreign ministers on phone without specifying when.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara sees the USA intervention in Syria as appropriate but not enough. However, ending the cooperation will mean USA and coalition pilots will be flying into Syrian airspace not knowing if Russian forces plan their own operations in the same places.

"We don't know where such an attack will take place or who will be affected", he said.

The Local Coordination Committees, another monitoring group, said the airstrike was carried out by Russian warplane.

A communication link between USA and Russian military officials has protected pilots flying missions over the crowded skies of war-ravaged Syria, but now Moscow says it is suspending its cooperation over an American missile strike. The Sunni rulers of Saudi Arabia are in a power struggle for regional dominance with Iran's Shiite government and view Tehran's support of Assad as a threat to the region.