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Turkey's Erdogan says Russia preparing ground for 'boutique' Syrian state
January 12, 2016 / 12:17 PM / 2 years ago

Turkey's Erdogan says Russia preparing ground for 'boutique' Syrian state

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, November 26, 2015.Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Russia was preparing the ground to create a 'boutique' Syrian state around the northern province of Latakia and that it has been carrying out attacks against Turkmens there.

In a speech to Turkish ambassadors in Ankara, Erdogan also slammed Iran, saying Tehran was using developments in countries like Syria, Iraq and Yemen to expand its sphere of influence and that it was trying to spark a dangerous process with a stance turning sectarian differences into conflict.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Daren Butler

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