15.04.2018 | Putin holds secret conversation with Turkey on Syria following US-led airstrikes
Source - The Sunday Express

In a phone call yesterday the two men discussed the military strikes carried out by the West as they vowed to work together to create a political solution to the Syrian civil war. The US-led airstrikes hit the Barzah Research and Development Centre outside Damascus with 76 missiles and what the US military described as the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Complex outside the city of Homs. A statement released by the Kremlin said: “The Russian and the Turkish sides proceed from the fact that in the light of what has happened it is necessary to intensify bilateral cooperation aimed at real progress in the process of a political settlement in Syria.” Putin has furiously denounced the strikes carried out on key military targets of the Assad regime. The statement added: “The Russian President stressed that the actions of a group of Western countries grossly violate the UN Charter and the fundamental norms and principles of international law.” Turkey and the US are long term allies and have previously worked together on the Syria crisis. However, Moscow and Ankara have seen a warming of relations in recent years and increasingly worked together. Earlier this month it was announced the two countries had started work on building Turkey's first nuclear power station. However, despite the attempts of Russia and Turkey to come to a consensus on how to best work together in the Syrian civil war, President Erdoğan’s government have welcomed the missile strikes in Syria. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said the actions of the US, UK and France were an “appropriate response”. They added the use of chemical weapons on civilians was a “crime against humanity” and should not be unpunished.

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