AA / Istanbul
The President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he expected a different approach from Russia, especially regarding the situation in Syria.
The Turkish head of state made statements to reporters on Friday after performing the weekly Friday prayer in the Ali Mosque in Istanbul.
He particularly returned to relations with Washington and Moscow, in particular in the light of his trip to the United States as part of the UN General Assembly, and his upcoming trip to Moscow next week.
Regarding relations with the United States, the Turkish president once again expressed a poorer situation than with previous American presidents, Trump, Obama and Bush (son), with whom he worked.
“I’ve never experienced this before,” he regretted.
And to add: “As two allied countries within NATO, we should be in a completely different position [avec les États-Unis]”.
Erdogan then denounced Washington’s support for terrorist groups, asserting that the United States is not fighting terrorism, quite the contrary, “it is providing them in large numbers with support in the form of weapons, ammunition, and military vehicles. “.
“The United States is currently supporting terrorist organizations far beyond expectations,” he said. If a NATO country does this, we have to share it with the whole world. “
Regarding relations with Moscow and Vladimir Putin, the Turkish president, who is due to visit the Russian capital next week, underlined the differences that exist in particular over Syria.
“Unfortunately in Syria, the regime [d’al-Assad] poses a threat to the south of our country, he said. My expectations [vis-à-vis de la situation en Syrie] are very different from those of Mr. Putin “.
Erdogan pointed out Washington’s current disengagement on the Syrian issue, therefore believing that Russia and Iran must continue their efforts with Turkey for a just and lasting solution to the conflict.
“I expect a different approach from Mr. Putin, from Russia, in demonstration of our solidarity. We must lead this fight together also in the South”, he insisted.
In addition, the Turkish leader shared his ambitions in terms of bilateral relations with Moscow.
“We are in the ambition to raise our bilateral relations with Russia to a much higher level, and to reach a trade volume of 100 billion $,” he said.
* Translated from Turkish by Tuncay Çakmak
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