Gatilov: the illegal military presence of Turkey in Iraq is difficult to justify


ROME, December 13. The scale of military presence of Turkey in Northern Iraq is hard to justify arguments about the preparation of some local units. This was announced on Sunday by Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Gennady Gatilov.

“We believe that Turkey’s actions in Northern Iraq illegal, it’s the invasion of the territory of neighbouring States, he said. – And to such an extent that it is difficult to justify by any arguments about the preparation or training”.

Gatilov noted that the Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu together with him took part in the conference on Libya in Rome, however, any bilateral contacts on the sidelines of the event was not.

On the eve of Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a telephone conversation with the foreign Minister of Iraq Ibrahim al – Jaafari has declared support for the sovereignty of this country in connection with the development of the situation around the illegal entry of Turkish troops. “The Russian side expressed firm position of principle in support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, and that Iraqi authorities are taking in this regard in accordance with international law and the UN Charter”, – stressed the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.