July 31, 2016
Ankara has long supported radical groups fighting against Bashar al-Assad, but following a failed attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey's upper echelons of power have had a change of heart, siding with Russia when it comes to the Syrian conflict, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) reported.
The online newspaper pointed to the fact that Turkish authorities closed the country's only official border crossing with the rebel-held province of Idlib, Bab al-Hawa [Nusra Front's stronghold], after the botched coup as evidence of a foreign policy U-turn.
"Mercenaries, who until recently received support [from the outside], hardly stand a chance against President Bashar al-Assad," the media outlet noted.
Earlier this month, Turkey signaled that it wanted to improve its relations with Syria.
"It is our greatest and irrevocable goal: Developing good relations with Syria and Iraq, and all our neighbors that surround the Mediterranean and the Black Sea," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on July 13. "We normalized relations with Russia and Israel. I'm sure we will normalize relations with Syria as well."