Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the statements of Russia about the preparation of Turkey for military intervention in Syria cause him laughter. About the Turkish President said on Friday, 5 February, reporters at the airport in Senegal, where he arrived as part of his Latin American tour.
“Of course, the statements of Russia we laugh. First, Russia first, you must explain the deaths of those who were killed in Syria”, — quotes the words of Erdogan, the Turkish Anadolu news Agency. According to estimates of the Turkish President, the death toll from Russia’s actions in conjunction with the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria has reached 400 thousand people. “At the present time rather Russia leads an invasion into Syria”, he added.
On the eve of the defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at the briefing that the Agency has “serious grounds to suspect intensive training of the Turkish military invasion of the territory of a sovereign state” — Syria. In his words, “signs of covert training of the Turkish armed forces to take action on Syria,” the Russian side commits more and more.
Konashenkov said that earlier the Ministry of defence presented the international community “irrefutable video evidence” showing how Turkish self-propelled artillery firing on Syrian villages in Latakia province.
Ankara in response to these suspicions of Moscow said yesterday that Russia is trying to divert attention from their own crimes in Syria. “Russia is trying to hide its crimes in Syria. They just interpret the attention from their attacks on civilians, as a country that is already invaded Syria. Turkey has all the rights for taking any measures to protect its security,” — said on Thursday the Agency Reuters a high-ranking source in the administration of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.