Turkey says France's Macron won't break its Russian Federation alliance

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While Turkey is working with both Russian Federation and Iran to decrease the use of violence in Syria, Ankara has long demanded that President Bashar Assad must go and has backed rebels against him. The steps have promoted negotiations between various Syrian forces and are helping a wider resolution of the conflict under the United Nations aegis in Geneva.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag also hit back at Macron, saying our "Syria policy is not a policy of being on the same side or being opposed to another country".

Different stance of Russia and Turkey on the recent strikes of the United States against Syria will not obstruct further cooperation between Moscow and Ankara, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, TASS reports. "There is no change to the policy Turkey has been carrying out", Bozdag told reporters during a visit to Qatar.

"Turkey is standing on the exact same point where it was in the past", he said.

Cavusoglu, who was hosting visiting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, said Ankara didn't see having good relations with Moscow as detrimental to having good relations with NATO, Paris or Washington.

But Cavusoglu said Macron was mistaken in his assessment and said that Ankara "expected statements befitting of a president" and should express himself "more seriously".

Speaking in Lefkosa, the capital city of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Hakan Cavusoglu welcomed the US -led airstrikes on Assad regime. In addition to Switzerland, EFTA's other member states are Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday welcomed the strikes, which he described as "appropriate" and strongly condemned the alleged chemical attack.