Russia hopes Turkey will “chorus” from launching an offensive in northern Syria, a diplomatic spokesperson mentioned Thursday, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed threats of a army marketing campaign focusing on Kurdish “terrorists”.
“We hope that Ankara will chorus from actions that would result in a harmful deterioration of the already troublesome scenario in Syria,” Russia’s International Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned in an announcement.
“Such a transfer, within the absence of the settlement of the authentic authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic, can be a direct violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and would “trigger an extra escalation of tensions in Syria”, she added.
Erdogan on Wednesday renewed threats of a army offensive in northern Syria.
“We’re taking one other step in establishing a 30-kilometre safety zone alongside our southern border. We’ll clear up Tal Rifaat and Manbij”, he mentioned, referring to 2 northern Syrian cities.
Erdogan mentioned they might then proceed, “step-by-step, into different areas”.
For per week now, Turkey’s chief has been threatening to launch an operation in opposition to fighters of the Kurdistan Staff’ Get together (PKK).
He’s additionally focusing on the Individuals’s Safety Items (YPG), a Syrian-Kurdish group it considers to be a part of the PKK.
Zakharova mentioned “we perceive Turkey’s issues about threats to nationwide safety emanating from the border areas” with Syria, however added that the issue can solely be solved if Syrian troops are deployed within the space.
Underneath the phrases of a 2019 settlement Russia, an ally of the Damascus regime, and Turkey agreed to make sure Kurdish forces withdrew from areas in Syria near the Turkish border and to launch joint patrols.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday warned NATO ally Turkey in opposition to a army offensive in Syria, saying it could put the area in danger.
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