Er­do­gan takes a swipe at Rus­sia, US mis­sions

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ANKARA/SOCHI: Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan took swipes at US and Rus­sian in­ter­ven­tions in Syria yes­ter­day and said if coun­tries be­lieved a mil­i­tary so­lu­tion was im­pos­si­ble, they should with­draw their troops.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and his US coun­ter­part Don­ald Trump said in a joint state­ment on Satur­day they would con­tinue to fight against Is­lamic State in Syria, while agree­ing there was no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion to the con­flict.

“I am hav­ing trouble un­der­stand­ing these com­ments,” Er­do­gan said be­fore fly­ing to Rus­sia for talks with Putin. “If a mil­i­tary so­lu­tion is out of the ques­tion, then those who say this should pull their troops out. “We will dis­cuss these with Putin.” Af­ter more than four hours of talks with Putin in Sochi, Er­do­gan said they had agreed to fo­cus on a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion.

Putin said Rus­sia would con­tinue to work on Syria with Tur­key and their ef­forts were yield­ing re­sults. Nei­ther leader went into de­tail. Asked if the two dis­cussed Er­do­gan’s ear­lier com­ments, Krem­lin spokesper­son Dmitry Peskov said the talks were about more com­plex is­sues which could not be made pub­lic.

Turk­ish troops have also fought in Syria to halt the ad­vance of Kur­dish YPG forces along its fron­tier. – Reuters

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