Switzerland: Russia is 'guarantor' of Syrian government — Turkish FM Cavusoglu

22 января 2020 г. 14:47

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Russia is «the guarantor of the regime» in Syria, while speaking at a panel at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, on Wednesday. Cavusoglu said that while Turkey and Russia cooperate, they «couldn't agree on the [Syrian] regime or other issues.» «And today I cannot support the aggression of the regime, but Russia is the guarantor of the regime, and we have the Sochi agreement, and Russia is obliged to stop this aggression.» «The situation in Idlib is our main focus, because [the] regime has been increasing its aggression, and [is] indiscriminately killing civilians and women and children,» he added. The Turkish foreign minister also touched on Libya, saying that Ankara is «ready to work with other actors, that's why we supported the Berlin process.» He added that Turkish forces in Libya are there «for training and also [for] education, nothing else.» «We don't have any strong military presence in Libya,» he concluded. The World Economic Forum 2020 takes place between January 21 and 24, with around 1,500 world leaders set to attend to discuss global, regional and industrial agendas under the theme 'Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.'W/S World Economic Forum (WEF) with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Davos SOT, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister: «In Syria, we [Russia and Turkey] were totally on opposite sides at the beginning. And we even shot down the Russian fighter jet, and then particularly after what we saw in Aleppo, we agreed to work together. Firs to evacuate people from there and we succeeded. Then we said why don't we actually extend this cooperation to entire Syria, and then we initiated [the] Astana process. We included Iran. Like it or not, Iran is also an important actor and it has leverage or influence on the regime. Meanwhile of course while we continue our cooperation, we couldn't agree on the regime or other issues. And today I cannot support the aggression of the regime, but Russia is the guarantor of the regime, and we have the Sochi agreement, and Russia is obliged to stop this aggression. And this is what President Erdogan made very clear in Berlin as well, when we had our bilateral.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* M/S WEF panel SOT, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister: «The situation in Idlib is our main focus, because [the] regime has been increasing its aggression, and [is] indiscriminately killing civilians and women and children. Already 400,000 people have been displaced and [are] moving towards our border. And we have been working with Russians and others actually to accommodate the ceasefire there, but it has not been that easy.» W/S WEF panel *CUTAWAY* SOT, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister: «Haftar didn't make any announcement, as he didn't sign the joint statement for ceasefire in Moscow. This is the problem. Everybody committed not to send any additional military forces there. By the way, our personnel is there for training and also [for] education, nothing else, [it's a] very limited number, we don't have any strong military presence in Libya.» W/S WEF panel *CUTAWAY* SOT, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister: «Some of us, like we, only supported the legitimate government, like Sarraj. But unfortunately, France and some European friends supported Haftar. And Haftar obviously doesn't want to share the power. That's why he attacked Tripoli. So since Russia became an actor, now we have been working together for a sustainable truce, and so far it worked. And we are ready to work with other actors, that's why we supported the Berlin process. So you don't have to agree on everything. Do I agree with Russia on Crimea, on Ukraine, on Georgia? No, we will never recognise this illegal occupation.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* W/S WEF panel Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Russia is «the guarantor of the regime» in Syria, while speaking at a panel at the World Eco

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