Turkey had notified Syria about the beginning of the operation “Shield of the Euphrates under the mediation of Russia. This was announced by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus during a press conference in Ankara, reports Milliyet.
“All interested parties were informed. Damascus was also information about the “Shield of the Euphrates. He had been informed by Russia”, — said Deputy Prime Minister.
The official stressed that Turkey does not plan to be in Syria, “constant force”. “We’re not part of this battle,” said Kurtulmus, urging not to believe Ankara “occupier”. According to him, the authorities seek to cleanse the region of “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia). He also said that Turkey wants to prevent the Syrian Kurdish groups to arrange corridor, which, according to Ankara, will divide Syria.
Ankara launched the operation “shield of the Euphrates” on Wednesday, August 24. This money Turkish tanks entered Syrian territory. Its goal, the Turkish military called the release of detained militants of the city of Jerablus. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the authorities are trying “to put an end to the attacks in the border area. The Turkish air force began to strike across the country.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Syria condemned the invasion of Turkey. The Ministry said that all actions on the territory of the country should be soglasovanie with Damascus. The Turkish operation of the Syrian authorities regarded as a violation of sovereignty.