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Why Turkey supported Western coalition strikes against Syria

TURKEY (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several other officials of the country have expressed their support for the strikes of the United States and its allies against Syria.

Despite the lack of evidence regarding the use of the chemical weapon by Syrian government forces, Erdogan called the operation of Western countries fair and justified. Experts believe that with this rhetoric the Turkish leader hopes to defend the interests of the country in northern Syria. According to the site of the RT channel.

“Turkey welcomes the operation in Syria that became a response to the chemical attack that took place on April 7 in the city of Douma. The military operation against the regime of al-Assad was a manifestation of the conscience of humanity, “quotes the Anadolu news agency the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. And to clarify that Turkey has “serious reasons” to suspect supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be involved in the use of toxic chemicals in Duma.

Syrian territory was attacked by US, French and British forces on Saturday, 14 April. After that the head of the General Staff Committee of the US Armed Forces General Joseph Dunford clarified that the bombings were aimed at a research center in Damascus, a depot with “chemical weapons” in western Homs and another site where, according to the coalition, could be stored chemical weapons. For their part, the Syrian media announced that the strike of Western countries had affected Syrian civilians.

According to the Turkish leader, the strikes against Syrian sites will make it clear to the Syrian government that its massacres “will not go unpunished”.

This astounding statement was preceded by a telephone conversation of the Turkish President with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who spoke at the first of the Washington, London and Paris operation against Damascus.

The Turkish President stressed during this conversation that Turkey “openly condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria since the beginning”. At the same time Recep Erdogan called to prevent the escalation of conflict around Syria. He added that the only way to establish lasting peace and stability in Syria was a political settlement.

Vladimir Akhmedov of the Institute of Oriental Studies affiliated to the Russian Academy of Sciences said that before the civil war in Syria relations between Damascus and Ankara were already complicated. According to the specialist, during the first 7-8 months Turkey did not interfere in the civil war on Syrian territory trying to influence the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad via its channels to calm the situation in the country.

“And when the civil war in Syria has become a fait accompli, Turkey has been dissatisfied with even its geopolitical rival, Iran, playing a key role in the events in Syria. This is not the first time that the two powers have come into conflict for this region. It was then that Turkey started actively supporting part of the Syrian armed opposition, the Free Syrian Army was formed thanks to the central role of Turkey in its creation,” says Vladimir Akhmedov.

And to continue that Ankara supported the current operation of the Western coalition for two reasons. One of them is that Ankara approved simply by inertia the actions of the allies of NATO. “Knowing that the Turks did not bring their military aid by limiting themselves only to the approval of the actions of the USA, France and the United Kingdom,” says the specialist.

According to him, Ankara’s even more important reason for the situation around Syria is that today Turkey is trying to strengthen its positions in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, where there are armed groups of Syrian opposition under his control.

Andrei Tchoupryguine of the School of Oriental Studies of the High College of Economics noted that the main objective of Turkish participation in Syrian events at present was to prevent the formation of Kurdish state entities in Syrian territory.

The opinions expressed in this context are the sole responsibility of the author of the article taken from Russian media and translated in its entirety into French.