Russia ‘respects’ Turkey’s concerns in Syria, urges restraint | New

The Kremlin says Turkey has a “legitimate right” to protect its security after Ankara launched attacks on alleged Kurdish positions.

The Kremlin said Russia respected Turkey’s “legitimate” security concerns over Syria, but said all parties there should avoid moves that could escalate the situation.

On Sunday, Turkish forces launched cross-border air raids in northern Syria and Iraq on what they said were the positions of Kurdish groups they accuse of carrying out the November 13 attacks bomb attack in the center of Istanbulwhich killed six people.

On the same day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara could deploy ground forces.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday that while there were disagreements between Russia and Turkey in their approach to Syria, Moscow understood Turkey’s security concerns.

“We understand and respect Turkey’s concerns about ensuring its own security. We believe this is Turkey’s legitimate right. At the same time, we call on all parties to refrain from taking measures that could lead to the destabilization of the overall situation,” he said.

Ankara blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and affiliated Syrian Kurdish groups for the Istanbul attack, which also left more than 80 injured.

Kurdish fighters have denied any involvement.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry said its so-called Operation Claw Sword – which also included land-based firearms – killed 184 fighters and destroyed 89 targets, including shelters, bunkers, caves and tunnels.

Washington, like Moscow, has called for de-escalation.

Russia is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s 11-year war, while Ankara has backed rebels fighting to overthrow him.

The Kremlin’s sweet plea for restraint came as Ankara positions itself as mediator between Moscow and Kyiv in the Ukrainian war, which began on February 24 with the Russian invasion.

Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have enjoyed a warm relationship throughout the conflict, with regular phone calls and meetings.

Turkey also has good relations with Ukraine, as a supplier of drones and other weapons.

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