Turkey trash-talks Russia and its 'imperialistic goals'

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses his AK Party local officials at the party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, June 11, 2015.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses his AK Party local officials at the party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, June 11, 2015. Davutoglu said on Thursday history had shown that coalition governments were not suitable for Turkey but that his ruling AK Party was open to all options. "We've used the coalition eras of the 1970s and 1990s as an example to show that coalitions are not suitable for Turkey and we still stand by that stance," Davutoglu told a meeting of AKP local officials from around the country. Reuters/Stringer

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called out Russia's airstrikes and its "imperialistic goals" in Syria. Moscow has been linked to scores of civilian deaths and the use of cluster munitions in the region.
 
"Syrian lands are not, and will not be, a part of Russia's imperialist goals," Aljazeera quoted Davutoglu as he spoke to members of his ruling AK Party in parliament on Tuesday.
 
Russia has been linked to dozens of civilian deaths after it launched air strikes in the centre of Idlib in northwest Syria on Sunday. Reuters cited rescue workers and residents confirming the deaths.
 
"There are a lot of corpses under the rubble," confirmed Yasser Hammo, a civil defence worker, via Internet messaging system. Orient TV station released footage on social media showing makeshift ambulances coursing through the area, searching for survivors and rushing to the aid of injured civilians. Collapsed buildings and debris were everywhere.
 
Davutoglu's condemnation of Russia's actions in Syria comes at a time when tensions between Ankara and Moscow continue to rise. The two countries had been at each other's throats after Turkey shot down Russia's warplane.
 
On the other end, RT's Neil Clark also called out Davutoglu on his comments on Russia's air strikes in Syria and its "imperialistic goals."
 
"That’s right. The Prime Minister of Turkey -- a country which has spent the past four years trying to get its favoured ‘rebels’ into power in Syria -- and which has sent its own troops into northern Iraq, is criticising somebody else for having ’imperialist goals!’" Clark said. 
 
Clark also considered Davutoglu's statement as a projection -- a psychological phenomenon when a person accuses others of what they are guilty of. He also noted that while imperialistic goals are clearly being pursued in Syria, it is Russia who is doing it. Moscow is only intervening in Syria as permitted by the government. Furthermore, while dominant Western though sees Syria's regime as the source of conflict, the United States can be linked to regime change plans dating back to 2006, Clark cited wikileaks.
 
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