Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump and Putin bid for Turkish support

Trump and Putin bid for Turkish support

President Erdogan said at opening ceremony of 36-kilometer long Baskentray railway in Ankara that Turkey was uneasy over tensions between Russian Federation and the U.S. in the region.

"I will discuss how we can put an end to this chemical massacre together", Erdoğan said during the inauguration ceremony of the Başkentray suburban line in capital Ankara earlier in the day.

The White House said yesterday Mr Trump had spoken to the Turkish leader about his concerns and they had agreed to stay in "close contact".

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

On Wednesday, Binali Yildirim, the Turkish prime minister, called for unity between the USA and Russian Federation.

Trump also blamed Moscow for being partners with "a gas killing animal", referring to Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

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And in recent months, Turkey has worked closely with Russian Federation despite their differences. Erdogan reportedly expressed satisfaction with the tripartite summit on Syria, which was held in Ankara on April 4, with the participation of Turkey, Russia and Iran.

The alleged chemical attack in rebel-held Douma near Damascus on April 7 sparked global outrage and warnings of possible military action.

"The other one supports the Assad regime, which is the reason behind the murders of hundreds of thousands of Syrians".

Both the presidents spoke "to discuss the current crisis in Syria", it said.

"Assad regime must leave Syria and a change in the political process must start as soon as possible, " Cavusoglu said.

Without naming the countries, he appeared to lash out both at Russian Federation for backing Assad and the United States for helping the Syrian Kurdish group the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey considers a terror group. He also slammed those who support "bloody Assad regime" and YPG/PKK terrorist organizations.

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