Turkey Expects Russia to Help; Warships Hold Artillery and Missile Firing; Bahrain Defends Israel
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 27 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Ahead of meeting, Turkey expects Russia to help rein in Syrian forces
President Tayyip Erdogan will seek steps from Russia’s Vladimir Putin to safeguard Turkish troops in the face of an offensive by the Syrian army in the country’s northwest when the two leaders meet on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Erdogan, who is making a one-day visit to Russia, told Putin last week that attacks by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were causing a humanitarian crisis and threatened Turkey’s national security.
The official told Reuters that the security of Turkish soldiers in Syria would be one of the key topics at the meeting. The meeting is due to start at 1:30 p.m. (1030 GMT), with a joint statement to be issued at 4 p.m. (1300 GMT).
“We expect Russia to use its influence over the regime on this matter. If there is even the smallest attack on Turkish soldiers, we will retaliate against this,” the official said.
Syrian troops have encircled rebels and a Turkish military post in northwest Syria in an offensive to reclaim territory and towns the government lost early in the war. Turkey has supported some rebel factions in the northwestern Idlib region, while Russia and Iran back Assad.
Russia’s Baltic Fleet warships hold artillery and missile firing drills
The crews of the Baltic Fleet’s 20 warships fired artillery guns and launched missiles against a simulated enemy’s naval and air targets during tactical drills, TASS reported according the Fleet’s press office statement on Tuesday.
“During the Fleet’s qualifying tactical drills at the training ranges in the Baltic Sea, the warships’ crews successfully accomplished artillery and missile firings against the targets simulating a notional enemy’s combat ships and aircraft,” the press office said in a statement.
Overall, the naval maneuvers involved about 20 warships, including the missile corvettes Steregushchiy, Stoiky and Boiky, the large amphibious assault ships Minsk and Kaliningrad, the missile ships Geizer and Passat, the missile boats Morshansk, Zarechny and Kuznetsk, and also the Fleet’s small anti-submarine warfare ships, coastal and harbor mine sweepers and support vessels, the statement says.
“The crews performed the firings within the joint force groups of the Fleet’s warships as part of scheduled naval drills to practice an artillery battle against a notional enemy’s surface ships and also a battle against a sole warship and air attack weapons,” the press office said.
Bahrain defends Israel strikes on Iraq, Syria, Lebanon
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has defended Israel’s recent attacks on Iraq, Syria and Lebanon as “self-defence”, in yet another sign of normalising relations between the two states, MEMO reported.
Israel has been linked to multiple attacks throughout the region in the past week, including an attack on the Iraq-Syria border, a compound in central Syria and a drone attack on Lebanese capital Beirut.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun yesterday called the strike on his capital a “declaration of war”, while Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi criticised Israel for what they called an “attack on Iraqi sovereignty”.
Appearing to respond to Aoun, Salih and Abdul Mahdi’s comments, Bahrain’s Al Khalifa wrote on Twitter:
“Iran is the one who has declared a war on us, with its Revolutionary Guards Corps, its Lebanese party [Hezbollah], its Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq, its Houthi arm in Yemen and others. So one who strikes and destroys their piles of ammunition is not to blame. That is self-defense.”
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Source: TASS, Reuters, MEMO