Lavrov: Turkey says about the legality of actions with su-24, but itself introduces troops to Iraq

Lavrov: Turkey says about the legality of actions with su-24, but itself introduces troops to Iraq

MOSCOW, December 9. Turkey says about the legality of their actions against the Russian su-24, but at the same time she enters combat units in Iraq. This was indicated by the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in interview to the Italian media.

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“Now Turkey has come under heavy criticism due to the fact that it had introduced combat troops to Iraq, ostensibly referring to the agreements about the training of the Kurds but Baghdad denies such arrangements, – the Minister noted. And most important, that these troops introduced in the form of tank units and other armored vehicles, not in Kurdish areas, and those areas where there are no workouts the Turks with anybody did not conduct”.

“But listen to Turkish authorities, the same ones who declared the full legality of what they did, shooting down the Russian plane, – noticed Lavrov. They say: we respect the territorial integrity of Iraq, and everything we do in Iraq, aimed at ensuring and strengthening of its sovereignty and its territorial integrity. That’s all the explanation. Understand that the same people claim that 17 seconds, according to their calculations, even if this is taken as a base, enough to shoot down Russian aircraft”.

“Of course, this is a stab in the back, there is no doubt, – said Lavrov, speaking about actions of Turkey against Russian aircraft. – Indeed, once, October 3, when our aircraft started to work on Syrian territory, there was a case when our plane for a few seconds was in Turkish airspace. The Turks brought us the protest and apologized. Putin personally spoke with Erdogan. For a minor breach, which, the Turks knew that, in no way meant that we plan some hostile act against Turkey”.

“Turkey itself, when the Syrians 3 years ago hit her with the plane of the mouth of erdoğan said that could not be considered a violation of the airspace for a few seconds in violation of international law – Lavrov said. – This is not a reason to use weapons”.

“We didn’t want to believe it”

Russia knew for a long time, as Turkish territory used for commercial operations, with the IG, but wasn’t trying to accuse Ankara, Lavrov said.

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“We looked at Turkey and Turks, and the President (Russia) yesterday about it once again said, not just as partners, neighbours, and as allies in the fight against terrorism, – said the Minister. And frankly, we knew for a long time, as Turkish territory used for commercial operations with ISIS to move weapons and terrorists to Syria to provide the militants and extremists the opportunity to heal, relax and again to prepare for military operations, not only in Syria but in other regions, including our North Caucasus”.

“We talked about this with our Turkish colleagues without making any noise, nor what their accusing, offered to cooperate actively in that those who engaged in this kind of use of Turkish territory, were identified, prevented, and all this stopped, – said Lavrov. – Never, never, in short, we are not trying to publicly Express their rejection of certain processes that happen in Turkey”.

“We had no reason to believe that this line is supported by the leadership of Turkey. Or rather, we didn’t want to believe it and sought special channels to solve these problems, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry. – Did not work”.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).