ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan insisted repeatedly in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday that there could be no solution to Syria’s conflict while President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.
"Assad is not the address for a prospective solution in Syria," Erdogan said at the presidential palace in the Turkish capital. "Syria should be liberated from Assad so that a solution could emerge".
Erdogan also hinted at a softening of Russia’s support for the Syrian president. Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said, told him: "'Erdogan, don’t get me wrong. I’m not an advocate for Assad, I’m not his lawyer'. That’s what he said. Putin told me this". (Reporting by Samia Nakhoul, Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun)
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Published Date: Apr 26, 2017 12:30 am | Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017 12:30 am