Turkey doesn’t want a clash with Russia in Syria, Ankara said
MOSCOW, (BM) – Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Monday that Ankara is not even considering a clash with Russia in Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing NTV channel and TASS.
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“As we have said many times, there is no thought of a clash with Russia. Everyone knows about it. All we want to do is put an end to the killings that the regime commits (as official Damascus is called in Turkey – TASS comment), to prevent the country’s radicalization and new waves of refugees,” he said. Akar recalled that Turkey began an operation in Syria under the name Spring Shield on February 27. She, according to him, is carried out in accordance with the UN Charter, Adan and Sochi agreements.
“The operation is successfully continuing. At the moment, two regime aircraft, two UAVs, eight helicopters, 135 tanks, five air defense installations, 86 howitzers, 77 armored vehicles, nine ammunition depots, 2557 elements and the military regime were neutralized,” Akar said. He added that in recent battles, the Syrian opposition has taken control of three more villages in Idlib.
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Another exacerbation of the situation around the Syrian province of Idlib occurred on the night of February 28. The Turkish side made allegations of the deaths of 36 of its troops as a result of a strike by Syrian government forces. After that, the Turkish Armed Forces struck at Syrian positions, clarifying later that more than 200 targets were hit.
Turkey has already carried out three military operations in Syria: the Euphrates Shield, the Olive Branch and the Source of Peace. As a result, a security buffer zone was created between the border towns of Aazaz and Jarablus, Afrin was occupied, and territory east of the Euphrates River was taken under control.
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