Turkish PM accuses Russia of 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria




 
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Turkish PM accuses Russia of 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria
 
December 10th, 2015  
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Turkish PM accuses Russia of 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria
By Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's prime minister accused Russia on Wednesday of attempted "ethnic cleansing" in northern Syria, saying Moscow was trying to drive out the local Turkmen and Sunni Muslim populations to protect its military interests in the region. Ahmet Davutoglu's comments could further harm strained relations between Moscow and Ankara, already at their worst in recent memory after Turkish forces downed a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border late last month. "Russia is trying to make ethnic cleansing in northern Latakia to force (out) all Turkmen and Sunni population who do not have good relations with the regime," Davutoglu told foreign reporters in Istanbul.




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