Turkey PM accuses Russia of acting as 'terrorist organisation'

Published: February 15, 2016
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu talks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, Turkey, October 14, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu talks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, Turkey, October 14, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday accused Russia of acting as a “terrorist organisation” in Syria and vowed to deliver a robust response.

“If Russia continues behaving like a terrorist organisation and forcing civilians to flee, we will deliver an extremely decisive response,” Davutoglu said through an official translator during a visit to Kiev.

“Unfortunately, barbaric attacks on civilians are continuing in Syria and these attacks are being waged by both Russia and terrorist groups,” Davutoglu said.

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“Russia and other terrorist organisations — first and foremost, the Islamist State in Syria — are responsible for numerous crimes against humanity,” he added.

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have soared over Moscow’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s intense air campaign against what it claims are “terrorist” targets in its allied Middle Eastern state.

Turkey has long backed Assad’s ouster and like other Western nations accuses Russia of predominantly bombing Syrian rebel groups backed by Washington and its allies instead of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Assad’s forces have most recently used Russian air support to move ever closer to the rebel stronghold of Aleppo in northern Syria.

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The resulting refugee flood toward Turkey has put renewed pressure on Ankara to open its border with Syria temporarily — a move Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has until now been unwilling to take.

Davutoglu further slammed the Syrian peace talks that were halted after only a few days this month in Geneva as “diplomatic theatre” for which “the international community will ultimately bear responsibility”.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 15, 2016 - 7:35PM

    When millions of dollars worth OIL is at stake then why blame Uncle sam or Russia . Recommend

  • John B
    Feb 16, 2016 - 12:31AM

    Contrary to what may appear in perception, there is an overwhelming support for the Russian targeting ISIS in the US and the U.S. political leadership is Aware of this as the army also suggests not to get too involved in Syria conflict.

    The events when the US backed the al Nusra front and free Syrian army and the events of post ISIS are different. The U.S. has been living with Russian presence in the region for quite a while and thus Russia in the region is of no consequence to the US, and Vice versa.

    The region will be dragged into sectarian war fare with foregn support and there is. O guarantee that the US is willing to go against Russia in this secterian conflict. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Feb 16, 2016 - 3:51AM

    Mr Davutolglu what do you say about your country. Giving all sorts of help, ammunition and route hospital facilities etc to terrorists is this not terrorismRecommend

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