According to a statement from the Turkish Defense Ministry, Akar told Shoigu during a telephone conversation that “Turkey’s priority is to permanently prevent terrorist threats from northern Syria” and added that previous agreements on this matter should be respected.
Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentiev he stated that Turkey should refrain from a full-scale ground offensive in Syria, as such actions could trigger an escalation of violence.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey has the right to solve its problems in northern Syria and launch a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters there.
“We are determined as never before to ensure the security of our southern border,” he said.
Erdogan also announced that Turkey’s troops “at the most opportune moment” to launch a ground offensive in northern Syria. He added that airstrikes on Kurdish positions are “just the beginning” and Ankara’s military actions in neighboring countries will help “ensure the territorial integrity” of Syria and Iraq.
Turkish air forces have been attacking positions in northern Syria for several days Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and People’s Self-Defense Units (YPG) – a Kurdish group believed by Ankara to be responsible for the November 13 bombing in Istanbul. The Kurds, in turn, are carrying out retaliatory attacks along the Syrian border.-
Numbering, according to various estimates, from about 30 to even 45 million people, the Kurdish community lives mainly in Turkey (14-20 million), but also, among others, in Turkey. Iran (8-12 million), Iraq (5-9 million) and Syria (1.5-3.5 million).
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