Erdogan says Turkey anxious about 'wrestling' of world powers over Syria

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US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call late on Wednesday and discussed the latest developments in Syria.

Last week Putin, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Turkey's strongman Tayyip Erdogan completed a successful summit in Ankara by announcing their new partnership to establish a ceasefire in Syria and to start rebuilding the war-ravaged land that is ravaged in large part by their own forces. The source said that the two leaders agreed to remain in close contact on Syrian issues.

The Damascus suburb of Douma Saturday was hit by a suspected chemical attack, which left at least 78 civilians dead, according to the White Helmets.

While Russia, alongside Iran, has been supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey has repeatedly called for his ouster and supported Syrian rebels.

Erdoğan also underlined that Turkey does not intend to give up on its alliance with the USA, its strategic relations with Russian Federation on a range of fields from energy to security or working together with Iran to solve regional problems.

In its readout of the Erdogan-Putin talks, the Kremlin said that "concern was expressed about the current escalation in and around Syria based on the overblown speculation concerning the purported use of chemical weapons in Douma".

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Trump's posts on Twitter followed a warning from Moscow that the risk of a direct military clash between Russia and the U.S.in Syria "is higher than before", with a Russian envoy saying that US missiles flying over the war-ravaged country would be shot down. This comes after he spoke with President Trump Wednesday about preventing future attacks in Syria.

On January 20, Turkey, together with the Free Syrian Army opposition forces, launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin.

"The United States submitted the draft resolution but it was vetoed".

Trump's posts on Twitter followed a warning from Moscow that the risk of a direct military clash between Russia and the United States in Syria "is higher than before", with a Russian envoy saying that USA missiles flying over the war-ravaged country would be shot down. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

"Those who support the regime of murderer Assad are making a mistake".

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