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    The victory of the pro-presidential party in the parliamentary elections in Turkey inspired Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to make sharp statements against Russia, the German newspaper Der Spiegel wrote.

    The President issued "a friendly warning" to Moscow regarding Russian airstrikes in Syria and said that those who would fuel the conflict in the Middle East would soon find themselves in this fire.

    Inspired by his party's victory in the parliamentary elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apparently decided that his country can play a more serious part in resolving regional problems and said that "political uncertainty" in his country is over, Der Spiegel wrote.

    On November 2, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) regained its parliamentary majority, gathering 49.4% of the votes. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and a number of other international institutions stated that the election was unfair and reported cases of violence, which had significant influence on the process.

    At the same time, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Europeans of the potential deterioration of the current refugee crisis, saying that none of the refugees will return home if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad remains in power.

    "The question is not how and how long Assad will stay, the question is when and how Assad will go," Davutoglu told CNN.

    According to Davutoglu, the real solution to the migration crisis is the establishment of peace in Syria, and to achieve this he does not rule out the possibility that Turkey might send ground troops to the region.

    "A ground force is something which we have to talk (about) together," he said. "There's a need of an integrated strategy including air campaign and ground troops. But Turkey alone cannot take all this burden. If there is a coalition and a very well designed integrated strategy, Turkey is ready to take part in all senses," Davutoglu said.


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