As have informed Agency “Interfax” a source in military-diplomatic circles, during the talks in Ankara, the General of the army Valery Gerasimov discussed with the Turkish military including the operation “shield of the Euphrates”, which takes place in the Northern province of Aleppo. “During the meeting, Gerasimov told the chief of the Turkish General staff General Hulusi Ankara on the illegitimacy of the actions of the Turkish armed forces in Syria,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
In addition, a Russian General said the Turkish counterpart on the risks in case of delay operations in Syria or its continued expansion.
About the reaction of the Turkish authorities to the statements presented by the source Agency are not reported.
On the eve of the Reuters source in Turkey said, without going into details that the talks with Gerasimov “was very productive”, and the visit of the chief of the General staff of Russia contributed to a further strengthening of ties between the military of the two countries.
In turn, the Ministry of defence on the visit reported that “negotiations helped to bring together the assessment of the parties of the current situation in Syria and the list of necessary measures to maintain the cessation of hostilities”.
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. Vice-Premier of the Turkish government, Numan Kurtulmus, said that Damascus was informed of the impending operation via Moscow. In Syria it is regarded as a violation of sovereignty.
The Russian foreign Ministry repeatedly expressed concern in connection with the situation in the Northern province of Aleppo, calling on Ankara to coordinate all their actions with the legitimate government of Syria.
On 5 September the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that the Russian side has seen “the aspirations and the problems that arise from Turkey in connection with the events in Syria”, and therefore unexpected operation “shield of the Euphrates” for Moscow was not.
The next day, 6 September, press Secretary of the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin said that the operation in the North of Syria “is supported by the Russian leader Vladimir Putin”.