Russia trying to carry out 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria's Latakia: Turkish PM

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Posted: Dec 09, 2015 10:08 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Russia is trying to carry out "ethnic cleansing" in Syria's northern Latakia province, forcing its Turkmen and Sunni population out to create a safe haven and protect Russian and Syrian bases, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

"Russia is trying to make ethnic cleansing in northern Latakia to force all Turkmen and Sunni population who do not have good relations with the regime, they want to expel them, they want to ethnically cleanse this area so that regime and Russian bases in Latakia and Tartus are protected," he told members of the foreign media in Istanbul on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Nick Tattersall; Writing by Daren Butler)