Erdoğan: Those who see no military solution in Syria should withdraw their troops


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged Russia and the United States, without giving the names of the countries, to withdraw their troops if there was no military solution to the conflict in Syria.

Erdoğan, holding a press conference at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Monday before his flight to Russia, criticized the joint statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Nov. 11 regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“The presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria,” the statement read.

Stating that Turkey does not have any troops in the region, Erdoğan urged the two leaders not to resort to methods of deceiving the world, adding Turkey is the country that knows the region best.

“The U.S. has five air bases in northern Syria. Now, they are preparing for Raqqa. Russia has five air bases as well. These facts are obvious,” he said.

Starting from Monday, the Turkish president will pay official visits to Russia, Kuwait and Qatar accompanied by a delegation, as his first visit will be to Russia’s Sochi.

“We are paying our visit upon my dear friend Putin’s invitation, as a return visit. We will discuss the recent situation in Syria, and determine what steps should be taken.”