The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has supported the operation “Shield of the Euphrates, that Turkey is pursuing in the North of Syria. About it the press Secretary of the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin said in an interview with NTV channel.
“The operation is supported by the Russian leader Vladimir Putin,” said Ibrahim. According to the press Secretary, “shield of the Euphrates” is carried out successfully and the Turkish army succeeded in forcing the militants of the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization) to retreat from the border inside Syrian territory.
On the eve of Vladimir Putin held a meeting with journalists after G20 summit in Hangzhou, during which the Russian leader was asked whether the operation of Turkey a surprise for Russia. According to the President, “in Russia understand what is happening, where things are moving.”
“As for surprises, we have a Ministry of foreign Affairs and special services, so we have fewer surprises,” — said the head of state.
Putin noted that the Russian authorities were of movement and the aspirations and issues that arise from the same Turkey in connection with the events in Syria.” “No need to be an analyst to see what is the problem, and by and large there are no surprises for us”, he concluded.
Ankara launched the operation “shield of the Euphrates” on Wednesday, August 24. On this day, Turkish tanks entered Syrian territory. Its goal, the Turkish military called the release of detained militants of the town of Jerablus. While official permission from Syrian government for the operation in Ankara had received.
After that in Moscow repeatedly expressed concern in connection with what is happening. “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,” — said the Russian foreign Ministry immediately after the start of the operation.
In late August the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov expressed concern about “the actions of the Turkish armed forces and controlled by Ankara on opposition groups in Northern Syria” in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.