Friday, June 3, 2022

Not to invade again in northern Syria - Russia, US "warned" Türkiye, the EU is silent



 Russia urged Türkiye* not to launch an offensive in northern Syria after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed threats of a "military campaign" targeting Kurdish “terrorists”.

“We hope that Ankara will refrain from actions that could lead to a dangerous deterioration of the already difficult situation in Syria,” Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Thursday.

“Such a move, in the absence of the agreement of the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic, would be a direct violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and would “cause a further escalation of tensions in Syria”, she added.

Erdogan on Wednesday again proposed a military offensive in northern Syria.

“We are taking another step in establishing a 30km (19-mile) security zone along our southern border. We will clean up Tal Rifat and Manbij,” he said, referring to two northern Syrian cities.

Erdogan said they would then proceed “step by step into other regions”.
2. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed concern about the Turkish invasions to Syria during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, warning that "any new offensive would undermine regional stability and give malign actors the ability to exploit instability".
***  Türkiye the new name of Turkey in UN

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