Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday a "permanent solution" in Syria could not be found without Russia.
"Without Russia's contribution, there cannot be a permanent solution in Syria. We keep saying this. The same goes for Iran, too, with which we also have to boost our relations in this regard," Cavusoglu told the Russian Sputnik News Agency in an exclusive interview.
Çavuşoğlu said Moscow could not find a "more loyal" friend than Turkey.
"Unfortunately, the situation in Syria is getting worse. These problems cannot be solved in the short term through fighting alone. They cannot be solved single-handedly, either. That is why, we have to work together for a political solution and a cease-fire," Cavusoglu added.
The minister said Turkey and Russia may have "differences of opinion", but the essential aim is to bring mutual relations "to a level that is even better than before."
Moscow and Ankara support different sides in the conflict, with Turkey deeply opposed to Bashar al-Assad's regime, of which Russia is a major backer.
As for a possible military-technical cooperation with Russia, Cavusoglu said Turkey wanted to develop and strengthen its own defense industry, and would be open to considering such a cooperation if Russia were inclined to do so.
"Unfortunately, we see countries in NATO are a bit hesitant when it comes to exchange of technology and joint investments," he added.
About the extradition of Fetullah Gülen, the leader of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), Çavuşoğlu said: "It is Turkey's most natural right to wait the extradition of the head of a terrorist organization that killed 240 people in Turkey."
No difference between FETÖ, PKK, Daesh: Erdoğan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday there is "no difference" between the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Daesh, and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group blamed for the July 15 defeated coup."There is no difference between the PKK, Daesh, and FETÖ. They all serve the same purpose," Erdoğan said in an address to a delegation of Islamic NGOs at the Presidential Palace.Erdoğan said despite the terrorist groups' "different" names, they have the "same" motives.Death toll in PKK attack in Southeast rises to 6: reports Car bomb attack hits police HQ in eastern Turkey; three dead Speaking just hours after a trio of deadly PKK attacks in Turkey's east and southeast, he added that FETÖ was "behind" these latest attacks in terms of "intelligence-sharing and "encouragement."Turkey's government has said the defeated July 15 coup, which left 240 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured, was organized by followers of Fetullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his FETÖ network.Traitor terrorists targeting future of Turkey: Turkish PM Gülen is accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.
FETÖ-PKK alliance targeting patriotic, brave police officers
Following the failed coup attempt on July 15, the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) has been targeting the police officers who repulsed the putschists with huge public support. A recent report had emerged that FETÖ had a cooperation with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since it resumed terror attacks in the southeast last summer after breaking down a two-year-long ceasefire deal. But the coupist group continues its alliance with the PKK, as all the terror attacks that occurred in the coup attempt aftermath targeted police officers and police stations that showed a strong stance against the putschists on the coup night. Recent attacks in Trabzon, Bingöl, Diyarbakır Van and Elazığ unveiled once again the PKK-FETÖ cooperation against the State of Turkey. Experts said the FETÖ terror group, whose members have been infiltrating Turkey's state institutions for more than 30 years, would not stop its anti-Turkey attacks, though it faced a huge set back during the coup attempt. The group would try to draw Turkey into a civil war, Yeni Şafak's Editor-in-Chief İbrahim Karagül said on Thursday, adding the attacks would come from the southern part of the country. The chronology of PKK's recent attacks shows it targeted the police headquarters and killed many police officers who were also on the FETÖ terrorists' hit list. Trabzon, July 19 The Black Sea coastal province of Trabzon was the first target of the FETÖ-PKK alliance, as the group hit a security checkpoint on July 19, four days after the failed coup attempt. Three police officers were martyred during the attack and clashes followed the incident. Tunceli, July 24 One police officer was martyred and two others seriously injured on July 24 when a group of PKK terrorists attacked a police checkpoint in the eastern city of Tunceli with rockets and long-barreled weapons. Mardin, July 25 A day after the Tunceli attack, the terror group, this time, targeted a police convoy in the southeastern province of Mardin. Three police officers were martyred when their armored vehicle was attacked by planted explosive on a roadside in Derik district. Erzincan, July 25 On the same day, PKK terrorists threw hand explosives to a police checkpoint on the Erzincan-Erzurum highway. The terrorists had also opened fire on the police units and fled after strong response from the security forces. There were no casualties in the incident. Siirt, July 27 Two police officers were martyred in a car bomb attack on a police check point in the southeastern province of Hakkari. The attack on Depin police point, seven kilometers from Hakkari city center, also injured 11 people, including 10 police officers. Bingöl, August 1 Seven riot police officers were martyred and four others injured in eastern Turkey's province of Bingöl, when an explosive-laden car camouflaged with the Turkish flag was detonated when a police bus was passing by. Van, Aug 2 This time PKK terrorists targeted a police vehicle patrolling the Edremit district in the eastern province of Van. The attack was conducted by exploding a roadside bomb while the police car passed by. There were no casualties as police detained five people related to the incident. Dyarbakır, Aug 15 The PKK-FETÖ dirty alliance continue its anti-Turkey campaign in Diyarbakır. The terror attack at a regional auditing station on the Diyarbakır-Batman highway claimed seven people, including 5 police officers and wounded 20 others. Van, Aug 17 Three people were killed and 70 others were injured, including 17 police officers, when a group of PKK terrorists detonated a bomb-wired vehicle near a police station in the İpekolu district of Van. Elazığ, Aug 18 Hours after the attack in Van, the PKK members staged another attack in the police headquarters of the eastern province of Elazığ. Huge blasts heard from all areas of the city as a large plume of smoke could been seen from remote areas. The powerful blast martyred three police officers and injured more than 140 people, including dozens of police officials.
FETÖ business group registered in Belgium
A trade advocacy organization linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) has reportedly registered in Belgium in December last year to continue its operations for the group, which has been accused of orchestrating the deadly July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.According to documents seen by Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, the Turkey-based Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON), which has been closed in Turkey on July 24 because of its links to the terror sect headed by U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, was registered in Belgium on Dec. 8, 2016 as a non-profit organization under the name TUSKON EU. And on April 25, it moved to an address near EU institutions.Three members of TUSKON EU currently benefit from accreditation and access to the European Parliament in Brussels, namely director Serdar Yeşilyurt, Muhammet Yılmaz and Ebubekir Işık.When Yeşilyurt attended a July 19 foreign affairs committee at the European Parliament to discuss the failed coup in Turkey, he reportedly covered his face to avoid having his picture taken during the discussion. He was the only non-journalist and non-Turkish embassy employee to attend the committee.TUSKON EU is one of numerous FETÖ-linked organizations abroad, the purpose of which is to spread the Gülen movement's propaganda.The group has been accused of infiltrating the Turkish judiciary, military and police over the years, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state to overthrow Turkey's elected government.The Turkish state has said the defeated coup, which left 240 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured, was organized by followers of Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, in the U.S., since 1999.