Erdogan, Putin agree to continue efforts for Syria political solution: Turkish presidency

  • Erdogan, Putin agree to continue efforts for Syria political solution: Turkish presidency

Erdogan, Putin agree to continue efforts for Syria political solution: Turkish presidency

"With the joint operation by US, UK and France. the Syrian regime received the message that its massacres wouldn't be left unanswered", Erdogan told his ruling Justice and Development Party supporters in a meeting on Saturday in Istanbul.

"Whoever the perpetrators they should pay a price".

Earlier Friday, the USA announced it had "very high confidence" that the Assad regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack last weekend. The leaders also emphasized that the lasting peace can only be reached through a political settlement, the NTV broadcaster reported.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria is not enough to end instability in the region as thousands of people are killed by conventional weapons.

In recent months, however, it has closely worked with Russian Federation for a political solution in Syria even though Moscow remains a chief ally of the regime.

Erdogan also stressed that Ankara supports a reduction of the escalation between Russian Federation and the United States in the Syrian crisis.

They agreed to "stay in close touch on both bilateral and regional issues".

The Turkish foreign ministry likewise welcomed the operation, saying that it "has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime".

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the strikes had not been launched via Turkey's southern Incirlik air base.

Ankara said chemical weapons attacks that indiscriminately target civilians "constitute crimes against humanity" and should not go unpunished. There is no doubt in the worldwide community's conscience on this matter.