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Pull your troops out of war-torn Syria, Erdogan tells US, Russia



Days after President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Donald Trump of USA said there was “no military solution” to the Syria’s long-running conflict, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has told both leaders to pull their troops out of the country.

“I am having trouble understanding these comments,” Erdogan was quoted by reporters as saying on Monday before he flew out to Russia’s coastal city of Sochi for talks with Putin.

“If a military solution [in Syria] is out of the question, then those who say this [Russia and the US] should pull their troops out … and steps for a political solution should be taken,” he said.

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However, Erdogan says he doesn’t see neither Russia, nor the US pulling out of Syria anytime soon.

“The United States said it would completely leave Iraq, but it didn’t. The world is not stupid, some realities are being told differently and practiced differently,” he said.

Last month, Turkey and USA were involved in a tit-for-tat response by after Washington’s decision to suspend all non-immigrant visa applications- a move which was replied in kind when the Turkish Embassy in Washington immediately carried out a retaliatory measure.


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