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US reminds Turkey of “risks” of collaboration with Russia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe United States urges Ankara to remember the risks associated with its collaboration with Moscow on the Syrian file, said the US Deputy Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, recalling that the union between Turkey and the West were “in accordance with the national interests” of the USA.

Turkey must realize that it is at risk by collaborating with Russia on the Syrian file, said Wess Mitchell , US Deputy Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, at hearings at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.

“Ankara must not forget the risks of strategic concessions in Moscow in the achievement of tactical objectives in Syria,” he said during the hearings on US policy in the Middle East.

In this context, Wess Mitchell recalled that Turkey had “intensified its cooperation with Russia and Iran” despite its close relations with the United States.

“That Turkey stays strategically and politically united with the West is in line with America’s national interests,” he said.

Turkey had previously hailed the operation of Western countries in Syria, Erdogan having described it as fair and justified. Experts believe that with this rhetoric the Turkish leader hopes to defend the interests of his country in northern Syria, according to the site of the channel RT. Turkey is also in negotiations with the United States on NATO compatible anti-aircraft systems.

However, on April 4, the Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, held a tripartite summit in Ankara to discuss the Syrian file among others. They concluded that the conflict in Syria had no military solution and that it could only be settled through negotiation.