Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted at the fact that Russia has softened its stance on the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. He told this to Reuters reporters during an interview on Tuesday, April 25.
“Erdoğan, don’t get me wrong. I’m not defending Assad, I am not his lawyer. That’s what Putin said to me,” said the Turkish leader, commenting on his conversation with the President of Russia.
April 21, Assad said that Damascus a hundred percent sure that the supply of chemical weapons to the rebels, Ankara is. “There is evidence that some of them were presented on the Internet a few years ago,” — said the Syrian leader.
The position of Russia is that the citizens of Syria should decide the fate of their country. In particular, Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that Moscow supports any steps aimed at the resumption of inter-Syrian negotiations. “We welcome any measures that will contribute to the preparation of inclusive inter-Syrian dialogue under the auspices of the UN,” he said.
On 11 April, the Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that Russia must make a choice between “US and sane countries on one side and Iran, Hezbollah and the regime of Bashar al-Assad on the other.”
On 16 April, the British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in his article in The Daily Telegraph expressed the idea that Russia could join the coalition, representing more than 60 countries to combat “Islamic state” (banned in Russia), in order to preserve its strategic interests in Syria and the opportunity to establish relations with US President Donald trump.
First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on security and defense Franz Klintsevich, commenting on the initiative, Johnson pointed out that the Western coalition should join Russia and her allies to fight terrorists. “It was said, however, quite another matter hero of Andrei Mironov in “Diamond hand”: no, it is better you to us”, — he explained.