Turkey denounces ‘barbaric’ Russian bombings in Syria: PM

ANKARA: Turkey on Tuesday denounced Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria as “barbaric”, saying the assault had killed civilians including children and the elderly.

“Those vile, cruel and barbaric planes have made close to 8,000 sorties since September 30 without any discrimination between civilians and soldiers, or children and the elderly,

” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in parliament. Tensions between Turkey and Russia have soared over Moscow’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s air campaign against what it claims are “terrorist” targets in the country.