Turkey Ignores Own History as it Accuses Russia of Ethnic Cleansing in Syria
On Wednesday the Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia of “ethnic cleansing” in northern Syria.
“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 said during a news conference in Istanbul.
“They want to expel them, they want to ethnically cleanse this area so that the regime [of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] and Russian bases in Latakia and Tartus are protected,” he added.
Davutoglu also said targeting the supplies lines of Turkish supported jihadi groups will benefit the Islamic State.
Russia has conducted airstrikes against all groups in Syria fighting to overthrow the government of al-Assad, including the Syrian Turkmen Brigades situated around Latakia, Aleppo, Homs, al-Raqqah, Damascus, Idlib, Hama and Tartus.
The Turkmens in Syria were among the first to attack the Syrian government following the so-called Arab Spring engineered by the United States.