The Turkish military operation in Syria is not directed against a specific person, but against terrorist groups. This was stated by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erbakan December 1, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
“The purpose of the operation “Shield of the Euphrates” is not any country or people, but only a terrorist organization. No one should doubt that we are repeating again and again, and no one should comment on it in a different way or try to disrupt it,” — leads edition of the words of the Turkish President, said at the Presidential Palace in Ankara.
29 November, Erdogan said that launched in August in Syria, the Turkey operation “shield of the Euphrates” associated with the necessity of overthrowing the regime of current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “We are there to establish justice. We went there to stop the tyrant Assad, who is responsible for state terror. [We would] any other reason”, — cited the words of Erdogan Hurriyet Daily News.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on the media given in the words of Erdogan, said that Moscow relies only on “public statements” and adheres to the agreements that were reached with Turkey at the official level and with the direct leadership of the country.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday told reporters that “the statement [Erdogan] has really become news” for the Kremlin, which “is discordant with previous”. Sands also expressed the hope that Ankara will soon issue guidance on this matter.
On Thursday, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Erdogan had a telephone conversation during which the Turkish leader gave an explanation of his words about the operation in Syria. “Yes, he (Erdogan) has given an explanation,” — said Ushakov (quoted by “RIA Novosti”). Assistant to the President noted that he could not comment on, if this explanation is Russia.