The main reason for the use of chemical weapons in Syria is related to the fact that the world community didn't apply tough sanctions against the Assad regime at the time, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said, Turkish media reported April 16.
The comments by Mr Bozdag were in response to a reporter's question about an earlier remark from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said Turkey's support of missile strikes against Syria showed it had "separated" from Russian Federation.
But Bozdag insisted Turkey's longstanding opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had not changed.
"Turkey's policy towards Syria is very clear - Ankara stands for stability in the region", Bozdag said.
"The United States cares deeply about our relationship with Turkey", Sam Brownback, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, told reporters during a recess at the trial.
"We do not have a united policy with the United States on the YPG issue, and Turkey's stance has not changed".
"Turkey is neither chasing the same goals as Iran, Russia nor is it a country chasing the same objectives as the US", Bozdag said. While Turkey is cooperating with both Russian Federation and Iran to wind down some of the violence in Syria, Ankara has long demanded that President Bashar al-Assad must go and has backed rebels against him.
While Turkey has repeatedly called for Assad's ouster, it has been working closely with regime allies Tehran and Moscow in the Astana peace process, albeit with only moderate success.
Turkey has also been at loggerheads with Washington over U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation linked to Kurdish militants PKK, waging a decades-long insurgency on Turkish soil.