Sands: cooperation with Turkey is in doubt, but this does not apply to the coalition against ISIS

Sands: cooperation with Turkey is in doubt, but this does not apply to the coalition against ISIS

NIZHNY TAGIL, November 25. Cooperation with Turkey in the fight against terrorism at this stage is in doubt, however, this does not apply to other countries possible coalition against the terrorist groups in Syria. This was stated to journalists the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the consequences of the attacks of the Turkish air force Russian su-24 for the prospects of creating a unified coalition.

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The representative of the Kremlin recalled that the Russian leader has repeatedly said that the fight against terrorism in Syria cannot be fully effective without the creation of a broad coalition. “As for Turkey, it is, of course, there can be doubt on the interaction, at least at this stage. But, of course, this does not apply to other members of the coalition”, – said Peskov.

As for the impact of the incident with su-24 in the formation of a coalition with the West, the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation stressed that “this is probably the one to ask our possible coalition partners. “Their assessment”, – said Peskov.

On the question of how looks now the dialogue with Turkey, the representative of the Kremlin has underlined that “now it is not looks, its not available now.”

“I can only say that while contacts at the highest level,” he said, answering the question associated whether the Turkish side with the Kremlin.

The anti-terrorist operation will be continued

Russia will continue the anti-terrorist operation on the territory of Syria, including near the border with Turkey.

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“Of course”, – assured reporters the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, answering the question of whether or not to continue an operation against terrorist groups near to the Turkish border.

The Kremlin spokesman stressed that this operation is conducted “in strict compliance with international law and, in this case, in strict accordance with official appeal (to Russia) as legitimate leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic.” “There is no such thing as a “further from the Turkish border,” there is such concept – “Syrian airspace”, – said Peskov. He admitted: “I would Very much like to, for example, terrorists and militants kept away from the Turkish border, but, unfortunately, they tend to stay on the territory of Syria close to the Turkish border”.

On the supply of s-400 at a military base in Syria

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin did not discuss plans to equip the Russian military base in Syria the air defense systems s-400 with the leaders of NATO countries. “No, this question was not discussed”, – said journalists the press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov.

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He recalled that “operation of the Russian space forces in support of offensive operations of the Armed forces of Syria against the gangs extremist organizations continues.” “Russian aircraft, military aviation continues to work: destroyed terrorist infrastructure, to prevent the flow of illegal shipments of oil and oil products, which is the financial fuel of terrorism, – said the representative of the Kremlin. And in this case, the priority task is to ensure the safety of our pilots and our aircraft involved in this operation.”

Peskov could not answer the question of whether to return to Russia the s-400 after the operation of the Russian space forces in Syria. “Had no such information, he said. – I recommend to ask our military”.

Press Secretary of the head of state reminded that on Wednesday, Putin announced the preparation of the delivery to Syria Russian military base air defense complexes s-300. According to him, after that the defense Ministry had proposed to put a more modern complex With-400, and the head of state to this proposal agreed.

The actions of Ankara

The representative of the Kremlin said that the Russian attack aircraft su-24 from Turkey “is a violation of international law and an extremely hostile act against the military aircraft of the Russian Federation”.

Regarding the validation of Ankara that Russian bombers violated the airspace of Turkey, Peskov reminded that Moscow is focused on the data of the Russian experts, “which suggests that the plane was shot down in Syrian sky.”

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