The aim of the Turkish RAID in Syria is the overthrow of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, “which is staged in the country is state terror”. While in Ankara to underline that Turkey has no claim to Syrian land. On Tuesday announced the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at a Symposium in Istanbul, reports Hurriyet Daily News.

“According to my calculations, about a million people were killed in Syria. These deaths continue. Children are dying, women and men. Where Is The United Nations? What does she do? She’s in Iraq? No. We argued for patience, but couldn’t stay away and had to go to Syria with the Free Syrian army,” said the Turkish leader.

Erdogan also explained and the reasons for that decision. “We have no claims on Syrian soil. Importantly, this land belonged to its present owners. We are there to restore justice. We went there to put an end to the tyrant al-Assad, who staged the country’s state terror. Other reasons were not” – said the President of Turkey.

To the speech of Erdogan has responded in Moscow. So, first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Dmitry Novikov said that the statement of the Turkish leader will complicate process of settlement of the Syrian crisis, reports RIA “Novosti”. “It is unlikely that Erdogan’s statement will promote the Syrian settlement, this statement is even complicating the situation for Syrian settlement,” – declared the MP.

In his opinion, Russia’s position on the Syrian issue, despite the claims of the Turkish side will not change. “The Russian position is verified. It consists in the fact that Assad is a legitimately elected President, and world terrorism must be fought. I see no reason to reconsider this position,” – said Novikov.

The MP added that relations between the two countries are determined not only by the subjects of Syria. “So I think that the foreign Ministry will proceed from the fact that relations with Turkey are and should be versatile in nature,” he concluded.

The special operation of the Turkish military in Syria began on 24 August this year. It is conducted jointly with the opposition Free Syrian army for the liberation of the southern borders of Turkey by militants of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH), supporters of the Kurdish “Democratic Union” and the Kurdistan workers ‘ party.

In early November the media reported that the Pentagon began talks on Turkey’s role during the assault on Raqqa – the “capital” of the terrorists “Islamic state” in Syria. This occurred against the background of the operation to free troops for terrorists, the main city in Iraq – Mosul.

Relations between the US and Turkey in the fight against extremists in Syria has been complicated by the fact that Washington has traditionally supported Kurdish militias – one of the key forces that oppose ISIS. Turkish authorities, however, believe the dangerous strengthening of the Kurdish groups in connection with the possible formation of a Kurdish autonomy right near the Turkish border in Northern Syria. In neighboring Iraq, the Kurds have gained a status of wide autonomy for the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Erdogan called the main goal of the Turkish RAID in Syria overthrow the Assad regime 30.11.2016

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