MOSCOW, 4 February. What is happening on the Turkish-Syrian border says about the intensive preparations for a military invasion of Turkey into Syria, said Thursday the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov.
Defense Ministry: Turkish artillery shelled Syrian territory
“We have good reason to suspect intensive training of the Turkish military invasion of the territory of a sovereign state – the Syrian Arab Republic… signs of covert training of the Turkish armed forces to action in Syria, we are fixing more and more,” he told reporters.
According to Konashenkov, the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation had submitted irrefutable video evidence of the international community, on which Turkish self-propelled artillery firing on Syrian villages in the North of Latakia.
“We are surprised that talkative representatives of the Pentagon, NATO, and numerous so-called organizations for the protection of human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still keep silence”, – said the representative of the military Department.
He also recalled that the Russian defense Ministry has reinforced all kinds of intelligence in the middle East region. “So if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancellation of the flight of Russian observers will allow to hide something, it’s unprofessional”, – concluded Konashenkov.
The Ministry of defense commits to the border of Syria and Turkey offices, where they can prepare a invasion
Konashenkov said that the Russian defense Ministry records on the Turkish-Syrian border many points where one can go to prepare the infrastructure for intervention in Syria.
Showing pictures of checkpoint at the border, the General noticed the rapid expansion of sites and the availability of protection.
“In wartime the way to prepare the transport infrastructure on the eve of the military intervention. And these playgrounds are used to ensure the rapid movement of military convoys carrying ammunition and weapon in the combat area, as well as operational deployment and evacuation of personnel. Such examples on the Syrian-Turkish border, is now rife. Even with the presence of troops and military equipment,” – said Konashenkov.
The supply of terrorists
Turkey at night supplies the terrorists in the Syrian cities of Idlib and Aleppo militants and weapons, said Igor Konashenkov.
Speaking to reporters, the General showed an image of the checkpoint in the area Sarmada – reyhanli on the border of Turkey and Syria.
“It is through this paragraph from the territory of Turkey mostly during the night feeding the militants and arms terrorists who have seized Aleppo and Idlib in Northwest Syria,” – said Konashenkov.
The General said, U.S. and NATO “these car convoys of weapons for terrorists like to call “humanitarian convoys”. “In Turkey, for trying to find out what is transported in these convoys, journalists just put in jail,” said an official of the Agency.
Previously, the defense Ministry said the movement of militants to Syria from Turkey, as well as on the supply of explosives and weapons. In addition, the Agency reported that senior Turkish leadership, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, involved in illegal extraction and transportation of oil from Syria and Iraq.
Refusal to sightseeing flight
The refusal of the Russian observers in flight over the territory of Turkey is Ankara’s attempt to hide illegal military activity on the border with Syria, said Igor Konashenkov.
“Such steps of a country that is a NATO member, not conducive to building confidence and security in Europe. Evaluate these actions of Turkey as a dangerous precedent and an attempt to mask illicit military activity near the border with Syria,” – said Konashenkov.
The defense Ministry does not intend to leave without attention and appropriate response to the violation of the requirements , the General added.
He recalled that Russia in advance, the contractual terms have been pre-approved for a sightseeing flight from 1 to 5 February.
Konashenkov stressed that in 2015 in the framework of the open skies Treaty over Russia there were 32 flight of the representatives of Western countries on their designated routes, and four flights were made with observers from Turkey (two of them – together with the military from the US). The General said, any comments or complaints on illegal military activities were recorded.
About the cancellation of the observation flight of the Russian military over the Turkish territory became known on 3 February. As told the head of Department of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation for control over execution of contracts Sergey Ryzhkov, the route suggested including the monitoring of the border areas and airfields, where aircraft of NATO countries. According to him, after the arrival of the Russian mission to Turkey and the announcement of the route of the observation flight, the Turkish military has denied it, citing the instruction of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Later official representative of foreign Ministry of Turkey Tanju Bilgic said that the flight was canceled, because Moscow and Ankara are unable to agree on his route.
“Poorly staged provocation”
The defense Ministry had still not received the materials about the incident with the Russian plane, which allegedly violated the airspace of Turkey, told reporters today the official representative of the Ministry Igor Konashenkov.
“Literally a few minutes ago, another official representative of Turkey stated on the transfer of Moscow materials on the alleged infringement by the Russian plane of air space of Turkey… No materials nor war, nor through diplomatic channels, no one passed”, – he said.
The General said, this is not the first false statement of the representatives of Turkey on this subject. “This once again confirms that the history of an alleged violation of its airspace was fabricated and badly staged provocation”, – said Konashenkov.
Political divisions of the Russian Federation and Turkey. Dossier