Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says in a televised speech that he is concerned a U.S.-Russian ceasefire plan in Syria will do little more than benefit Ankara's arch-enemy, President Bashar al-Assad. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says he fears a U.S.-Russian ceasefire plan for Syria will ultimately benefit only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Erdogan accuses the West, Russia and Iran of furthering their own interests in Syria, rather than those of the wider population. "We endorse a ceasefire that would relieve Syrian brothers. But it is worrying to see that, with this ceasefire, Assad's regime - which is responsible for the killing of more than a half million people - and the powers who are backing him receive open support while a hesitant tone is used towards the opposition.... The West, the United States, Russia, Iran, the European Union and United Nations have unfortunately not managed to stand tall by the honor of humanity. On the contrary, all these countries, because of their own calculations, have permitted, directly or indirectly, the killing of nearly half a million innocent people by the regime and its backers," Erdogan said. Turkey is a NATO member and is frustrated by the international response to Syria's civil war. It's especially angry that Russia's intervention in the conflict has tipped the balance of power in favor of Assad, Ankara's arch-enemy.