Turkey’s Erdogan says Russia preparing ground for ’boutique’ Syrian state
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan walks with his Russian counterpart Putin prior to their meeting at the Group of 20 (G20) leaders summit in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey - REUTERS
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ANKARA:  Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Russia was preparing the ground to create a ’boutique’ Syrian state around the northern province of Latakia and that it has been carrying out attacks against Turkmens there.

In a speech to Turkish ambassadors in Ankara, Erdogan also slammed Iran, saying Tehran was using developments in countries like Syria, Iraq and Yemen to expand its sphere of influence and that it was trying to spark a dangerous process with a stance turning sectarian differences into conflict.

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