Turkey’s president Erdogan said Putin changed his position regarding Bashar Assad

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian president Vladimir Putin might have changed his position regarding the Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

According to Erdogan, in a conversation with him Putin assured that he is not “Assad’s lawyer”:

“Erdogan, don’t get me wrong. I’m not an advocate for Assad, I’m not his lawyer”, allegedly said Putin.

Reuters writes that this is the way the Turkish leader hinted at the weakening of the support that Assad receives from Russia.

The President of Turkey added that “at present, Putin, Trump, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are ready to take an active role in the search for a solution to the Syrian problem.”

At the same time Erdogan stressed that the conflict in Syria can not be resolved while President Assad remains in power.

On March 10th Putin and Erdogan held a meeting of the Interstate High-Level Cooperation Council in Moscow, where they agreed to further restore relations between the two countries.

The Associated Press reported that on April 12th the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a meeting with Putin on the initiative of U.S. President Donald Trump suggested considering the possibility of Assad’s voluntary withdrawal from power.

The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied this information.

Source: gordonua.com