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Trump discussed with Erdogan the situation in Syria

Bozdag Turkey has no intention to seize part of Syria’s territory Trump discussed with Erdogan the situation in Syria
Melinda Barton | 13 April, 2018, 02:55

A Turkish presidential source later confirmed the call had taken place but said only that the two men "exchanged views on the latest developments in Syria" and agreed to maintain contact.

Erdogan raised the alarm during a speech in Ankara after an unprecedented upsurge of tensions between Washington and Moscow.

"We are very uncomfortable that some countries, which rely on their military power, are turning Syria into an arm wrestling arena", Erdogan said at opening ceremony of 36-kilometre long Baskentray rail in the capital Ankara.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the advance would not end with the capture of Afrin, clarifying that the regions of Manbij and Idlib would be the next targets.

Turkey and Russian Federation are on opposite sides in Syria, with Moscow remaining the chief ally of President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Ankara backing rebels seeking his ouster.

His comments came after US President Donald Trump warned Moscow on 11 April that US missiles "will be coming" to Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria which reportedly killed dozens.

"Today, I will talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrintown center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

Turkey is not after seizing Syrian territories, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

"He also slammed those who support the "bloody Assad regime" and YPG/PKK terrorist organisations".