MOSCOW, February 10. Turkey and “Islamic state” (ISIS, a terrorist group banned in Russia – approx.) leading secret negotiations, discuss new options for smuggling. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov in interview to the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets”.
“We are greatly alarmed by the messages that constantly come publicly and through private channels that the Turks specifically plan or even, perhaps, have already started to explore parts of Syrian territory under the pretext of the establishment of tent cities to accumulate Syrian refugees, not allowing them to cross the Turkish border, where, according to them, the camp is already overcrowded,” – said the Russian Minister.
“Turkey continue discussions to create a security zone in Syrian territory, free from IG, – continued the head of the Russian foreign Ministry. – All understand that we are talking about the border between the two Kurdish enclaves, the connection forces which Turkey considers to be totally unacceptable though, because it will block Turkey’s ability to provide fighters in Syria and to get from them for smuggling”. “There is information that the leadership of the IG is continuing secret contacts with Turkish leaders, – noticed Lavrov. – They discuss the options in the present circumstances, when the blows of our videoconferencing capabilities of traditional smuggling routes are severely limited”.
According to the Russian Federation, “the Turks are in NATO already discussed his plans of creating in Syria on ISIS”.
“This, of course, would be a violation of all principles of international law, and also substantially and efficiently increase the escalation”, – said Lavrov.
Lavrov believes that the U.S.-led coalition will not allow Turkey to implement plans for full-scale invasion of Syria.
“I don’t think it will happen because of minor provocations, which I have already said (the construction of campsites, preparation of any engineering structures on the distance of 100-200 meters deep into Syrian territory several kilometers on the front) – it’s still not a full-scale invasion”, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry, responding to a question.
“I don’t think that the coalition, headed by the Americans and which includes Turkey, will allow such reckless plans to materialize,” he said.
“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).