Russia has called on Turkey not to ‘destabilize’ Syria with an invasion

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The Kremlin has called on Ankara not to “destabilize” Syria by conducting a new military operation there, ahead of talks due to be held in Russia today between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Turkey has legitimate concerns, which we certainly take into account. But it is very important not to allow any action that could destabilize the situation in Syria,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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The issue “will certainly be the subject of talks” between Putin and Erdogan in the southern Russian resort of Sochi today, Peskov added.

The Turkish president has been threatening for months to launch a new military operation in northern Syria to push back Kurdish fighters, whom Ankara calls “terrorists”.

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Turkey considers its security threatened by the presence on its borders of these fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian Kurdish militia that Ankara claims is an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organization that has been labeled “terrorist” by Ankara, the US and the EU.

During a summit last month in Tehran, Putin had already expressed to Erdogan his opposition to a new Turkish invasion.

During their meeting today, the two presidents will also discuss Ukraine, where Moscow has been waging a military offensive since February.


Source: Capital

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