On Tuesday, Turkey and Russia publically condemned U.S. National Defense Authorization Act recently signed into law by President Barack Obama as it enables and strengthens the "terrorist groups" in Syria. Turkey and Russia had reached an agreement on this same day to hold talks in Kazakhstan next month to address the need for a ceasefire in Syria.

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This defense bill enables the U.S. to supply the Syrian militants with the necessary arms, including anti-aircraft missiles. Turkey and Russia, two countries who have long criticized U.S. involvement in Syria, have immediately denounced the apparent threat that this decision was creating for the security of their assets in Syria, and the security of those fighting terrorism.

Reactions from Turkey and Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured he owned evidence that could prove U.S. role in aiding terrorist group ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), and Kurdish groups YPG (the People's Protection Units and PYD (the Democratic Union Party), which are also considered terrorist groups by the Turkish government.

"They were accusing us of supporting Daesh," stated Erdogan in a press conference in Ankara. He added, "Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It is very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos."

At the other front, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova lamented the latest U.S. defense strategy and argued that those weapons would end up "in the hands of jihadists with whom the sham 'moderate' opposition have long acted jointly."

She continued: "Such a decision is a direct threat to the Russian air force, to other Russian military personnel, and to our embassy in Syria, which has come under fire more than once.

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We therefore view the step as a hostile one."

US denies accusations

Mark Toner, U.S. State Department spokesperson, called Erdogan's claim that the U.S. is working with terrorists as "ludicrous." Toner also affirmed that the U.S. had no intention of arming the Syrian opposition groups with anti-aircraft missiles, or MANPADS. He argued that the bill enables oversight by the congress and, therefore, is restrictive.