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Russia warns that a Turkish ground operation in Syria could cause “an increase in terrorist activity”

Archive – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova – LEV RADIN / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO – Archive

The Russian government has warned this Thursday that a ground military operation by Turkey against Kurdish groups in northern Syria could lead to “an increase in terrorist activity”, after threats in this regard by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“We understand Turkey’s concerns about threats to its national security, but we also believe that a ground operation on Syrian territory will only increase tensions in the region and lead to an increase in terrorist activity,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said. , Maria Zakharova.

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Thus, he stressed that Moscow “maintains close contacts with Turkey on the situation in Syria” and has defended that the best way to resolve security problems is a direct dialogue between Ankara and Damascus, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

Erdogan stressed on Wednesday that the new bombing campaign against Kurdish groups in Iraq and Syria “is only the beginning” and reiterated that Ankara will launch ground operations “whenever it deems appropriate.” He also said that he did not rule out a talk with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al Assad, to address the situation.

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The Turkish operation, called ‘Sword Claw’, was launched after the attack perpetrated on November 13 in Istanbul, which left six dead and which Turkey blames on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). However, both the group and the SDF have disassociated themselves from what happened and have conveyed their condolences to the victims.

For its part, Russia is one of the main international backers of the Syrian president and its military intervention in 2015 allowed government forces to repel rebel advances and once again take the initiative on the battlefield.

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