The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia commented on the beginning of the operation of the Turkish Armed forces in neighboring Syria. The Ministry said that “deeply concerned” by the events.
“Moscow is deeply concerned about what is happening in the area of the Syrian-Turkish border. First of all, alarmed by the possibility of further degradation of the situation in the conflict zone, including taking into account the possible collateral casualties among the civilian population and the escalation of ethnic conflicts between Kurds and Arabs,” – said in comments published on the website of the Russian foreign Ministry.
The foreign Ministry stressed that “the Syrian crisis can be resolved solely on the solid basis of international law, through broad inter-Syrian dialogue.” In it, according to Moscow, should take part, “all ethno-religious groups, including Kurds, on the basis of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012, 2254 resolutions and other decisions of the UN Security Council, adopted on the initiative of the International support group of Syria.”
On 24 August, Turkey launched a military operation in Syria, called “the Shield of the Euphrates. At dawn the Turkish tanks, supported by American aircraft crossed the border and entered Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the operation against the militants of the “Islamic state” (IG organization recognized as banned in Russia), and Syrian Kurds, and should “put an end to the attacks in the border area.
Syria, in turn, called the actions of the Turkish violation of the sovereignty of the country. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Syria said that any operation to combat terrorism within the borders of the state should be carried out in coordination with Damascus. The Syrian foreign Ministry accused Ankara that it is trying to replace ISIS and other terrorist groups, calling them rebels.
A military operation of Turkey in Syria has been supported by the United States. Vice President Joe Biden at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim said that Ankara and Washington have agreed not to permit the advance of the Kurds to the West of the Euphrates.