Syria says no talks with Turkey until policies change
Syria refuses to talk to Turkey unless "policies change", including Turkey's "delay in peaceful resolutions."
Syria's ambassador to Russia, Riad Haddad, said on Sunday that his country's officials have no plans to initiate negotiations with Turkish officials about resolving their differences unless Ankara alters its policies against Damascus.
"Ankara periodically cuts off water to millions of Syrians in Al Hasakah province; as it has reduced its obligations regarding the necessary commitments as the guarantor government of the Astana process negotiations," Haddad said, criticizing Turkey's approach toward Syria.
The Syrian envoy indicated that Turkey is delaying a peaceful resolution of the crisis and that his country has no preparations for government-level discussions with Turkey unless Ankara changes its actions toward Damascus.
"Syria is always ready to hold talks with governments that support Damascus' sovereignty and territorial integrity," he added.
While the majority of the Hasakah, Deir Ez-Zur, and Raqqa provinces in eastern and northeastern Syria are held by US and Turkey-backed troops, Ankara is eager to have negotiations with Damascus.
Last year, Syria vehemently denied any sort of talks or communication with Turkey, especially in terms of combating terrorism, according to an official source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry.