ISTANBUL—Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia on Wednesday of carrying out an ethnic cleaning marketing campaign in opposition to Turkmen rebels in Syria with a unilateral bombing campaign that has only strengthened Islamic Condition.
In a meeting with Western reporters in Istanbul, Mr. Davutoglu criticized Russian airstrikes as counter-successful and defended Turkey’s deepening armed forces involvement in the Center East as essential for protecting his country’s security.
Mr. Davutoglu blasted Russian forces for concentrating on Turkmen forces in northwestern Syria around the Turkish border, in which the Turkish-backed fighters have been hobbled by Moscow’s airstrike marketing campaign.
Russian airstrikes on the town of Azaz have undercut U.S.-led endeavours to cripple Islamic Point out, also acknowledged as Daesh, he explained.
“Why do they bombard Azaz? To defend Daesh?” he mentioned. “They are bombing Azaz to weaken opposition who is fighting from Daesh. It implies that they are strengthening Daesh.”
Mr. Davutoglu’s blunt criticism of Moscow signaled that Turkey has no intentions of backing down in its standoff with Russia in excess of last month’s shootdown of a Russian bomber by Turkish jets alongside the Syrian border.
Relations among the two countries have deteriorated substantially since the Nov. 28 attack, which finished with the loss of life of one of the two Russian pilots.
Russia has imposed financial sanctions on Turkey and demanded an apology. Turkish leaders have attempted to defuse tensions, but have said they have no intentions of apologizing.
Mr. Davutoglu accused Russia of particularly targeting Turkmen fighters in a marketing campaign of ethnic cleaning intended to shield Syrian and Russian pursuits together the Syrian coastal region that is the stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad and property to Russian armed forces bases utilised to have out airstrikes.
“Russia is attempting to make ethnic cleansing” in the area, the primary minister explained. “They want to expel, they want to ethnically cleanse this spot, so that regime and Russian bases in Latakia and Tartus will be safeguarded. Their fight is not with Daesh.”
Mr. Davutoglu also stated that Turkey had no programs to pull out Turkish trainers operating in northern Iraq, in spite of calls from Baghdad for their removing. The key minister explained Turkey sent in the forces to protect Turkish trainers from nearby Islamic State forces due to the fact Iraqi forces have been not able to do the task.