Russia said on Tuesday it hoped Turkey would exercise “control” and refrain from “excessive use of force” in Syria, where Ankara has been conducting airstrikes. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy, Alexander Lavrentiev, told reporters that “to avoid escalating tensions,” we trust our Turkish counterparts to “refrain from using excessive force on Syrian territory.” A tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran on the Syria issue is going to be held in Kazakhstan.
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The Turkish Air Force launched Operation “Sword Claw” on Sunday, which targeted PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and YPG (People’s Protection Units) positions in northern Turkey. Iraq and Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to launch ground operations in Syria after a series of airstrikes. “There is no doubt that this operation is only an air operation,” the Turkish head of state told reporters accompanying him on his return from Qatar.
“Prevent any large-scale ground operations”
Since May, he has been threatening to launch a new military operation in northern Syria, and the November 13 attack in Istanbul was immediately blamed by Ankara on the Kurdish militias of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and the YPG (People’s). security units), rapid events.
“For months, Russia has done everything possible (…) to prevent any large-scale ground operation,” Alexander Lavrentyev said in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, where a trilateral meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria is being held. Killed half a million lives.
Alexander Lavrentiev called for “continuing work with all stakeholders to find a peaceful solution, including the Kurdish issue.”
Between 2016 and 2019, Turkey launched three major operations against Kurdish militias and organizations in northern Syria. Ankara wants to create a 30km wide “security zone” along its southern border.
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