Russian official: Turkiye shows restraint


A Russian official on Tuesday urged Turkiye to “show certain restraint” to prevent further escalation in Syria, where tensions rose over the weekend after Turkish air strikes killed and wounded several Syrian soldiers.

The Russian President’s special envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentyev expressed hope that “it is possible to convince our Turkish partners to refrain from excessive use of force on Syrian territory.”

“Of course, we will call on our Turkish colleagues to show certain restraint in order to prevent an escalation of tensions, and an escalation of tensions not only in the north, but also in the entire territory. Syria,” Lavrentyev was quoted as saying. as stated by Russian state news agencies in the Kazakh capital Astana ahead of talks on Syria.

Turkiye carried out airstrikes on suspected Kurdish fighters in northern Syria and Iraq over the weekend, in retaliation for the deadly November 13 bombing in Istanbul that Ankara blamed. for these groups. The airstrikes also targeted several Syrian army positions in three provinces along the border with Turkiye, killing and wounding several Syrian soldiers, Syrian officials said.

Following the attacks, on Monday, suspected Syrian Kurdish fighters fired rockets across the border into Turkiye, killing at least two people and wounding 10 others, according to Turkish officials Ky.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Moscow views Turkiye’s security concerns “with understanding and respect” but also called on Ankara to “refrain from taking steps that could lead to an illegal situation.” seriously okay in general.”

“It could return as a boomerang, further complicating the security situation,” Peskov said.

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