Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says Russia is responsible for killing 40,000 people in war-torn Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Russia must be held accountable for the people it has killed in Syria, arguing that Moscow and Damascus were together responsible for 400,000 deaths there, Dogan News Agency reported. Speaking at a news conference while on a state visit to Senegal, Erdogan also said Russia was engaged in an invasion of Syria and accused it of trying to set up a "boutique state" for its longtime ally President Bashar al-Assad. "Russia must be held accountable for the people it has killed within Syria's borders. By cooperating with the regime, the number of people they have killed has reached 400,000," he said. "Russia occupies Syria now with a navy base in Tartus and an air base in Latakia. It is in an effort to build a boutique state for (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad," he added. Russia and Turkey are on opposing sides of the five-year-old Syrian civil war, where Russia's intervention with air strikes to help the Assad regime has tipped the war in Damascus' favour. Turkey wants Assad out and says only his removal can bring long-term peace