Hollande warned of “risk of war” between Turkey and Russia


French President Francois Hollande said that there was a risk of war between Russia and Turkey due to the Turkish involvement in Syria. The statements of the French President has announced in an interview with French radio station France Inter.

“Turkey is involved in Syria <…> There exists the risk of war,” quoted him as saying Europe 1. He said that “perhaps it will be not direct but indirect war, when the planes will bomb the civilian population in the North of Syria”.

Hollande added that the international community must “do everything to prevent this escalation and to find a political solution”.

The President stressed that “the Turks should not appear where they should not be, but the Russians should not under the pretext of fighting terrorism to defend the regime of Bashar al-Assad and not to contribute to the negotiations.”

Hollande also called on to exert “pressure” on Moscow for talks on Syria. “I don’t want to exclude Russia from the process of finding a solution to the Syrian crisis. I have personally traveled to Moscow to tell Putin: “We must be together to achieve the political transition <…> But I can’t accept the fact that while we are negotiating, continue bombing the civilian population”, — he added.

On Friday it became known that Russia intends on Friday, 19 February, convene a meeting of the UN security Council in connection with the deteriorating situation on the Syrian-Turkish border.