Turkey's President Erdogan calls on U.S. and Russia to withdraw troops from Syria

- Turkey's President Erdogan calls on U.S. and Russia to withdraw troops from Syria.

- Erdogan does not believe the U.S. will withdraw troops as they failed to do so in Iraq.

- U.S. and Russia recently said that the crisis in Syria cannot be solved by military action.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has called on the U.S. and Russian governments
to withdraw their military troops from Iraq after both nations recently stated that the ongoing crisis in Syria cannot be resolved through military action.

"I am having trouble understanding these comments," Erdogan was quoted by reporters as saying on Monday before he flew out to Russia's coastal city of Sochi for talks with Putin.

"If a military solution [in Syria] is out of the question, then those who say this [Russia and the US] should pull their troops out ... and steps for a political solution should be taken," he said.

In his reported comments, Erdogan said neither Russia, nor the US would be pulling out of Syria soon.

"The United States said it would completely leave Iraq, but it didn't. The world is not stupid, some realities are being told differently and practiced differently," he said.

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