Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin over his statements about the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the main purpose of the Turkish RAID in Syria. This was reported to journalists on Thursday, December 1, the assistant to the President Yuri Ushakov.
“Yesterday had a telephone conversation with our President Erdogan
and this issue was raised. He (Erdogan) has provided an explanation,” said Ushakov, answering the question of”Interfax”, said the President of Turkey’s statement about Assad. Further comments from the assistant to the Russian leader refused.
On November 29 the President of Turkey, speaking at a Symposium in Istanbul, said the Turkish RAID in Syria is the overthrow of the Assad regime, “which gave the country’s state terror”. Erdogan stressed that Ankara has no claims on Syrian soil – according to him, the troops entered the territory of the country, “to put an end to the tyrant Assad.”
The special operation of the Turkish military in Syria began on 24 August 2016. It is conducted jointly with the opposition of the “Free Syrian army” for the liberation of the southern borders of Turkey by militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH, banned in Russia), supporters of the Kurdish “Democratic Union” and the Kurdistan workers ‘ party. Syrian authorities declared the military actions of the Turkish illegal invasion. 1 October the Turkish Parliament approved a government request to extend for one year the authority of the armed forces to conduct operations in Syria and Iraq.
Meanwhile, Erdogan’s words caused confusion in the Kremlin. Before the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov acknowledged that the statement of the Turkish leader “has indeed become the news”. “We certainly hope that we will soon receive some clarification on this from our Turkish partners,” he said. Peskov said that Erdogan’s statement as a whole “discordant” with his previous statements and at odds with the understanding of the situation by the Russian authorities, who support Assad in fighting ISIS. The representative of the Kremlin recalled that the Russian Armed forces “are the only legitimate regime” in Syria.
Answering the question boded it the tone or theme of the recent phone conversations of Erdogan and Putin’s intentions to overthrow Assad, Peskov said that the Turkish leader did not make statements about such plans of Ankara.
Late Wednesday, the press service of the Kremlin reportedthat Putin during the telephone conversation with Erdogan discussed current issues of bilateral relations. In addition, the two leaders exchanged views on the Syrian issue, including on the situation in Aleppo, the report said. In a press-service of the Kremlin noted that the telephone conversation was initiated by the Turkish side.