Erdogan criticizes Russian Federation, says Turkey to decide future of Syria's Afrin

Turkey to establish camp in eastern border

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the alarm during a speech in Ankara after an unprecedented upsurge of tensions between Washington and Moscow. It's been years in the making and benefited from Barack Obama's inept inactions.

Russian tourists visited Turkey previous year and made Turkey the top tourism market for Russians, with a 12.7 percent of share in the total, according to the statement. Within 48 hours on Trump's orders, five dozen cruise missiles devastated the launching airbase. They repeated the gas attack this month. Trump has threatened new retaliation.

While Turkey is cooperating with both Russian Federation and Iran to wind down some of the violence in Syria, Ankara has long demanded that President Bashar al-Assad must go and has backed rebels against him.

Trump's posts on Twitter followed a warning from Moscow that the risk of a direct military clash between Russia and the U.S.in Syria "is higher than before", with a Russian envoy saying that USA missiles flying over the war-ravaged country would be shot down.

USA targets Syrian chemical weapons facilities with strikes
White House spokesman Raj Shah said Friday afternoon that Trump "is going to hold the Syrian government accountable". The Trump administration did not lay the blame only at the feet of Syria's leader.

Trump's instincts are to abandon the region.

The Turkish defense minister's stark warning comes on the heels of several early morning tweets by Trump that intensified concerns that the U.S.is preparing to launch a military attack on Syria, risking a direct confrontation with Russian forces stationed in the country. NATO's European members will not do much because Turkey now houses 3.5 million Syrian refugees and if Erdogan opened that human spigot, they would flood into Europe causing economic and political turmoil. As the world's largest exporter of terror, Iran has sent 100,000 troops to bolster Assad. "One supports terror elements, supporting the PKK/PYD/YPG, and they act with them in Syria".

Still pending this spring is Trump's anticipated decision to abandon completely Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Andrew Malcolm is a veteran national and foreign correspondent.

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