Assad Hopes Improved Russia-Turkey Relations Could Benefit Syria

Syrian president says he hopes normalization of relations between Moscow and Ankara could help shift Turkey's Syria policy

President Bashar al-Assad said Syria views the improvement of relations between Moscow and Ankara as positive, following nearly a year of strained relations between the two countries after Turkey downed a Russian jet near the northern Syrian border last November.

“We in Syria only wish that, out of this rapprochement between Russia and Turkey, Russia will be able to make changes in the Turkish policy,” Assad said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that was published Friday.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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