This change, spoken openly about, is certain to have gained the ire of the US/UK/Israel Middle East/North Africa remakers. I've written here about the changes taking place that seemed apparent to me and should have been apparent to many others, particularly in the alt media camp. Those who chose to instead engage in 'cult of personality' distraction.
I think Turkey is totally out of the belligerent camp against Syria. Turkey held negotiations last week in Ankara, where Russia & rebel groups for the first time held direct talks. The US was not invited, they are allegedly pretty angry about it.
|Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim during their meeting in Moscow (AFP)|
Ankara reiterated the order of its priorities in Syria, and the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that overthrowing the head of the Syrian regime Bashar Al-Assad is not a priority for it. He added that operation Euphrates Shield in which Turkey supports Free Syrian Army fighters in northern Syria targets “terrorist organisations” and has nothing to do with what is happening in Aleppo. He added that the “nature of the crisis in Syria imposes priorities, the most important of which is to rescue the Syrian people. However, the overthrow of Assad is not a priority”.
The Turkish Prime Minister, who made an official visit to the Russian capital Moscow, made these comments in an interview with the Russian news agency Sputnik on Wednesday.
He said that there are three major issues in the Syrian crisis that require a quick solution, and that it was necessary to end the continuing bloodshed in Aleppo, put an end to terrorist activities in Syrian areas bordering south Turkey and deter the Syrian Democratic Union Party and its military arm the People’s Protection Units. Turkey considers both of these parties as extensions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which it has classified as a terrorist organisation. Turkey also said that both of these parties are carrying out operations against Turkey from Syrian territory.
As for the fate of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, an issue that has sparked controversy between Moscow and Ankara in recent times, Yildirim said “We have to arrange our priorities in this regard. Is Assad’s fate important? Or is the fate of the Syrian state important? Without a doubt, the fate of the Syrian people is more important than the fate of Assad.”This has been an ongoing process