Erdogan watches as police officers and members of the presidential security team perform stunts at a National Police Day event at the presidential palace in Ankara. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday slammed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's comments that the Syrian town of Afrin, seized from a Kurdish militia by Ankara, should be handed over to Damascus.The comments were among the toughest yet by Erdogan against Moscow since Turkey and Russia formed a fragile alliance aimed at bringing peace to Syria, a longtime ally of Moscow.Turkey in January launched an operation into Syria to root out the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in the Afrin enclave and drove the group from the city on March 18 .Erdogan last week hosted Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, another ally of the Syrian regime.Rouhani has said that Afrin should be handed over to Syria's army.
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