Russia condemns Turkey for floating idea of new Syria operation

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Tuesday 19 November 2019 | 5:7 PM Damascus Time

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  • Russia condemns Turkey for floating idea of new Syria operation

    BALADI NEWS

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday it was bewildered  by a Turkish pledge to conduct a new military operation in northern Syria if the area was not cleared of YPG militias, warning such a move would damage efforts to stabilise the region. 

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was cited on Monday as saying his country would launch a new military operation in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of Kurdish YPG militia.

    The Ministry said it was bewildered by Cavusoglu’s statement since Moscow had carried out in full its obligations under a deal struck between President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan.

    Cavusoglu was quoted by the state-owned Anadolu agency as saying that Russia and the United States had not done what was required under agreements that halted a Turkish offensive last month and called on them to do what was necessary.

     
     “The head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s call for military action can only escalate the situation in northern Syria rather than sort things out in the way set out in a joint memorandum signed by the presidents of Russia and Turkey,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry, said in a statement.
     
    Source: Reuters. 

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