News / Middle East

Turkey Appeals To Russia As Syrian Violence Spikes

Turkey Appeals To Russia As Syrian Violence Spikesi
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X
Henry Ridgwell
July 19, 2012 1:33 AM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Moscow Wednesday for talks on the escalating crisis in Syria, where a bomb blast killed members of President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle during a security meeting in Damascus. As Henry Ridgwell reports from Ankara, Turkey fears being drawn further into the conflict just over its border.
Henry Ridgwell
ANKARA — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Moscow Wednesday for talks on the escalating crisis in Syria, as a bomb blast killed several members of President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle during a security meeting in Damascus. Turkey fears being drawn further into the conflict just over its border.

Prime Minister Erdogan arrived in Moscow Wednesday just as the crisis in Syria took a violent new twist.

Gun battles raged across Damascus after a bomb attack at the National Security building killed and injured members of President Assad's inner circle.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed his Syrian ally throughout the crisis, blocking Western-sponsored resolutions at the U.N. condemning the Syrian government.

The conflict is raging near Turkey's border. Plumes of smoke could be seen Wednesday just a few kilometers into Syria. Ankara has sent reinforcements after one of its military jets was shot down by Syrian forces in June.

Prime Minister Erdogan attended the funeral of one of the pilots earlier this month.

A former ally of Syria, he is now one of its most vocal critics - calling the violence "the last footsteps of a regime on its way out."

Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal is urging international cooperation to stop the violence.

"In the case of Syria every country has a different policy and on that there's a strong and long debate still ongoing. I think all countries should be encouraged to pay efforts to stop bloodshed in Syria," Unal said.

Unal said little has come from the peace plan put forward by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan.

"The international community should do more in the sense of increasing the political pressure on the Syrian administration. In that sense, we have supported, we support the efforts of Mr. Annan, but of course this should also bring something concrete," Unal said.

The West has heavily criticized Russia and China for blocking U.N. resolutions against Syria. But Turkey is playing a careful diplomatic game as both countries are valuable trading partners.

After the Damascus bombing, Kofi Annan asked the U.N. Security Council to delay a vote on a new resolution about Syria. Russia's position is seen as key.

Analysts say while the latest attack increases pressure on the five permanent Council members to find a way to end the violence, there are few signs that their differences can be overcome.

You May Like

Multimedia Obama Defends Immigration Action

Obama says with his executive action on immigration, enforcement resources will be focused on 'felons, not families; criminals, not children' More

US-Led Airstrikes in Syria Kill Over 900: Monitoring Group

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the toll includes more than 50 civilians, five of them women and eight of them children More

Report: Obama Broadens US Combat Role in Afghanistan

The New York Times says resident Barack Obama has signed a classified order extending the role of US troops in Afghanistan for another year More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Lara
July 20, 2012 12:40 PM
I just wonder why Putin is so stubborn.Doesn't he see that Assad's days are counted?


by: Anonymous
July 19, 2012 8:44 PM
So you don't care about your people Assad? You have no care in the world about the country and culture of Syria? You do not want to leave Syria in good condition? You don't want to leave power? So be it, you'll be yanked out of power by the hair. I wish the FSA all the best meeting you face to face.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
New Skateboard Defies Gravityi
X
November 21, 2014 5:07 AM
A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Gay Evangelicals Argue That Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

More than 30 U.S. states now recognize same-sex marriages, and an increasing number of mainline American churches are blessing them. But evangelical church members- which account for around 30 percent of the U.S. adult population - believe the Bible unequivocally condemns homosexuality. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender evangelicals are coming out. Backed by a prominent evangelical scholar, they argue that the traditional reading of the bible is wrong.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Mexico Protests Escalate Over Disappearances

Protests in Mexico over 43 students missing since September continue to escalate, reflecting growing anger among Mexicans about a political system they view as corrupt, and increasingly tainted by the drug trade. Mounting outrage over the disappearances is now focused on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, accused of not doing enough to end insecurity in the country. More from VOA's Victoria Macchi.
Video

Video US Senate Votes Down Controversial Oil Pipeline - For Now

The U.S. Senate has rejected construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian oil to American refineries. The $5 billion project still could be approved next year, but it faces a possible veto by President Barack Obama. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the pipeline has exposed deep divisions in Congress about America’s energy future.
Video

Video Can Minsk Cease-fire Agreement Hold?

Growing tensions between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine further threaten a cease-fire agreement reached two months ago in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Critics of U.S. policy in Ukraine say it is time the Obama administration gives up on that much-violated cease-fire and moves toward a new deal with Russia. VOA's Scott Stearns has more.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Ferguson Church Grapples with Race Relations

Many white residents of Ferguson, Missouri, say they chose to live there because of the American Midwest community's diversity. So, they were shocked when a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager in August – and shaken by the resulting protests and violence. Some local churches are leading conversations on how to go forward. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid