According to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russia and the Syrian leadership are responsible for the deaths of 400 000 people in Syria.
Erdoğan stated that the responsibility for these deaths lies with Moscow and Damascus. “Russia should be held responsible for the people it killed inside the Syrian border. Due to Moscow’s cooperation with the regime in Damascus, the death toll has reached 400 000 people,” Erdoğan said this at a conference held in Senegal on the 5th of February.
According to the Dogan news agency, Erdoğan also accused Russia of invading Syria and of planning to create a “dwarf state” for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.