The relations between Turkey and Syria are heightening by the hour, this comes after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his government was working hard towards overthrowing the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The Turkish President made his statement bluntly clear that his intent was to directly overthrow the Syrian President.
The President said that the presence of the Turkish military in Syria was to end the rule of President Bashar Assad whom he branded a cruel tyrant, President Recep Tayyip added that the Syrian President was responsible for the terror in the country.
The Turkish President was speaking at a scientific symposium that was hosted in Istanbul on Tuesday, the military presence of the Turkish forces has been felt in Syria since August.
Following the blunt comments by the President, his administration came out on Wednesday to clarify that the previously statements that the president had made while in Istanbul should not be taken literally since they have provoked a reaction from Moscow.
Considering the fact that Russia is one of Syria’s allies, the statement made by the Turkish president are very provocative. The relations between Russia and Turkey are still under due consideration and amendment following the occurrences which saw one of the Russians Su-24 Planes shot down by the Turkish forces. The incidence took place on the 24th of November 2015, the Russian plane was shot down along the Syrian border.
In the past, the Turkish president was very cautious in his remarks; he often stressed that Turkey was in Syria fighting the Islamic State. However, this time he has openly spoken about the Syrian President Assad as he made it clear that he was fighting him despite his opposition to the Syrian Regime.
The Turkish President may have made this verbal attack against President Assad after three Turkish soldiers recently died in northern Syria; based on evaluation from the director of Political department at the institute of Modern Turkey Studies insinuated. The three soldiers were shelled by the Syrian government army near the city of al-Bab on the 24th of November, this was the same date that the Russian plane was shot down by the Turkish forces on the Syrian border.
Turkey is accusing Syria of killing the three soldiers and this is exactly why the Turkish president made the statements concerning Assad.