Syrian refugee flow can't be stopped until Russia, Assad halt airstrikes: Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday stopping the refugee flow is not possible without a halt to the continued airstrikes by Russia and the Assad regime against Syrian civilians, according to The Daily Sabah.
"Our European friends want us to stop the refugee flow, is there any other choice for civilians in Aleppo but flee when they are under Russia's heavy bombardment?" Erdogan said, speaking at a news conference on Thursday, The Daily Sabah reported.
The president added that it is not possible to block the refugee flow or reach a political solution in Geneva without stopping the airstrikes against civilians.
Thus Erdogan commented on the suspension of the peace talks until February 25 and said thousands of civilians were headed toward Turkey following the airstrikes on Aleppo while the talks in Geneva were underway.
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Following the suspension of peace talks in Geneva on Wednesday, international reactions mostly laid blame on increased military actions from Russia and the Syrian regime against opposition-held areas