Turkey blames Russian strikes for new wave of Syrian refugees

Turkish premier Davutoglu condemns attacks on civilians amid peace talks

Turkey blames Russian strikes for new wave of Syrian refugees

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned on Monday of Russian air strikes setting off fresh waves of Syrian refugees as he met German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking at a news conference in Ankara following a meeting at which the two leaders discussed cooperative measures to tackle the refugee crisis caused by the five-year Syrian war, Davutoglu said Russia and the Syrian government were waging war on civilians while peace talks in Geneva ground to a halt.

“While Syrian sides met in Geneva for peace, Russian jets have been conducting military operations causing civilian deaths along with the regime forces backed by foreign fighters, cutting off [the] Aleppo-Turkey corridor so as to block the flow of humanitarian aid,” he told reporters.

A renewed offensive by government, Iranian and Hezbollah ground troops, backed by Russian air power, has seen tens of thousands of people stream towards the Turkish border in recent days.

Last Mod: 08 Şubat 2016, 17:29
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