Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

Turkey made a series of political miscalculations during the Syrian crisis, former Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis told Sputnik, adding that Ankara had to deal with the consequences of those mistakes at the present time.

“Turkey committed several mistakes in its policies during the Syrian crisis. One of the mistakes was putting all our eggs in one basket which is something that should be avoided in diplomacy. Turkey did not follow this rule and built its policy based on the assumption that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad would leave his post soon. However, this assumption was incorrect and now Turkey has to suffer the consequences”, the former foreign minister said.

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Turkey’s second mistake, according to Yakis, was the severing of diplomatic ties and communication channels with Syria.

Yakis also spoke about Turkey’s alleged role in training armed opposition in Syria and providing those groups with weapons, which was widely covered by international and Turkish media but had never been officially acknowledged by the Turkish government.

“When the western powers saw that the weapons that they were sent to Syria were ending up in the hands of extremist groups, they stopped exporting them. But Turkey stalled and as a result, to use football terminology, it ended up ‘offside,’ turning into a transit country, through which arms and jihadists traveled to Syria”, Yakis said.

In 2011, soon after the anti-government protests erupted into a violent uprising in Syria, then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is the incumbent Turkish leader, called for Assad’s resignation.

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Following the protests and conflict, Syria descended into a seven-year civil war, during which Turkey openly supported the rebel groups fighting against Assad’s government. As a result, the previously friendly relations between Ankara and Damascus have soured due to the fact that Assad has managed to remain in power.

 

Source: Sputnik

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The good side being ErdoGOON has shown his true face to the world. He actually advanced masked, now nobody is deceived by his tasiyya any more, period!

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ooops, taqiyya.
PLZ, AMN, put the edit function back!

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It’s getting REALLY boring…

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“When the western powers saw that the weapons that they were sent to Syria were ending up in the hands of extremist groups, they stopped exporting them”. I would have to see proof of that, as the whole notion is laughable. As for Erdo…he is still in bed with the terrorists, continuing to supply and support them. I don’t know what the purpose of these statements are, but I don’t trust his ‘version’. His ‘turned into a transit country’ is a laugh, they were from the git-go…and still are. Is this supposed to be a white-washed version, they were all… Read more »