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Ankara does not intend to refuse to cooperate with Russian Federation and Iran if it benefits the Syrian settlement, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Monday.

The US, Britain and France fired more than 100 missiles at Syria on Friday following evidence that President Bashar Al Assad was responsible for a chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta, using at least chlorine gas.

"Until now, has the policy put forward by Turkey changed?"

"Turkey is neither chasing the same goals as Iran, Russia nor is it a country chasing the same objectives as the US", Bozdag said.

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While Turkey is cooperating with both Russian Federation and Iran to wind down some of the violence in Syria, Ankara has long demanded that President Bashar al-Assad must go and has backed rebels against him.

"Turkey's Syria policy is not a policy of being on the same side or being opposed to another country", Bozdag told reporters in Qatar in response to a journalist's question about Macron's remarks. However, Donald Trump, US president, has raised the issue directly with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish president. Assad's main supporters are Moscow and Tehran.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag speaks to the media in Ankara, February 20, 2018.