Donald Trump, Tayyip Erdogan discuss Syria crisis over phone call

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Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci

"The two leaders agreed to maintain close contact relative to the current situation", the White house said, without going into details.

"Our relations with Russia, Iran and China are complementary to our relations with the West, not an alternative", he asserted.

The Turkish defense minister's stark warning comes on the heels of several early morning tweets by Trump that intensified concerns that the U.S.is preparing to launch a military attack on Syria, risking a direct confrontation with Russian forces stationed in the country.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is anxious by the "arm wrestling" of world powers over Syria, adding he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin how to stop chemical attacks in the country.

Trump's posts on Twitter followed a warning from Moscow that the risk of a direct military clash between Russia and the U.S.in Syria "is higher than before", with a Russian envoy saying that USA missiles flying over the war-ravaged country would be shot down.

The Damascus suburb of Douma Saturday was hit by a suspected chemical attack, which left at least 78 civilians dead, according to the White Helmets. If there's any Russian (or Iranian or North Korean) dense enough to still keep assets in these United States, maybe they don't really care about them.

Cavusoglu added by saying that the establishment of a permanent solution such as the Astana and Sochi processes must be put to work effectively and the country must go in elections in a very short time under the U.N.'s roof.

Trump's posts on Twitter followed a warning from Moscow that the risk of a direct military clash between Russia and the U.S. in Syria "is higher than before", with a Russian envoy saying that USA missiles flying over the war-ravaged country would be shot down. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

Erdogan said that the number of "neutralised" PKK terrorists in northern Iraq was 337.

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