Turkey's ties with Russia too strong to be broken by Macron: FM

  16 April 2018    Read: 926

Turkey's ties with Russia are too strong to be broken by France's president, Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavushoglu said on Monday, after Emmanuel Macron said Ankara's support of missile strikes on Syria showed it had "separated" from Russia.

At a joint news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Ankara, Chavushoglu added that Turkey's relations with Russia were not an alternative to its ties with NATO, France and the United States.

Çavuşoğlu's comments came after Macron confessed in an interview that joint strikes conducted by France, Britain and the United States targeted Ankara's relations with Moscow.

“With those strikes we have separated the Russians and the Turks on this. The Turks condemned the chemical weapons,” Macron said in an interview broadcasted by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news.


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