The question of carrying out ground operations in Syria at the moment might not be at Ankara on the agenda. This was stated by the foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, reports Reuters.
The Minister also noted that in a ground operation, in the case of its implementation, should involve all members of the coalition against the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia).
Last week an unnamed Turkish official said that Ankara has asked its coalition partners to begin in Syria ground operation, wrote Reuters. “Turkey begins ground operation unilaterally. We ask the coalition partners that a ground operation had taken place. We discuss it with our allies, the official said at a briefing in Istanbul. — We want [to spend] a ground operation. If we come to an agreement, Turkey will take part in it. Without such an operation to end the war impossible.”
Earlier readiness to start in Syria ground operation said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The state has noticed that will take such a step only with the support of the US-led coalition. In turn, in Washington admitted that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi will be sent to Syria with special forces, which will help to dislodge the Islamists from Raki, which is considered the capital of ISIS.
February 13, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Saudi Arabia has sent ground forces and fighter jets to the military base Incirlik in Turkey. The Minister explained that this transfer was made in anticipation of a possible ground operation.