Turkish, Russian presidents discuss Syria by phone

April 10, 2018


ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday discussed by phone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about latest developments in Syria and bilateral relations. 

Erdogan expressed concerns about the attacks in Douma and Eastern Ghouta, and emphasized the importance of preventing civilian casualties and working together to deliver humanitarian aid, state-run Anadolu Agency quoted a presidential source as saying. 

The two leaders also talked about bilateral relations, expressing satisfaction of the Syria issues tripartite summit, which was held in Ankara last Wednesday with participation of Iranian side. 

The phone talk came amid an international wrangling about the allegations of the chemical weapons' use by the Syrian army in the attack on the rebels in the Douma district in the capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside. 

The pro-rebel Ghouta Media Center has claimed that nerve agent sarin and chlorine gas have been used in Syrian army's recent offensive in Douma, which has caused civilians to suffocate and choke. 

The Syrian government has denied its possession of chemical weapons, saying such allegations were fabricated. 
Turkish Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attack and called on all the parties who have influence on the Syrian regime to fulfill their responsibilities in order to immediately stop such brutal attacks.