Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after talks
with Russian President Vladimir Putin to elaborate on his statement about
the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad as the main purpose of the military
operations in Syria. He said on Thursday, December 1, Turkish troops
the Syrian operation does not have any purpose other than terrorist
organizations, reports Reuters.

“The purpose of the operation “shield of the Euphrates” is not any country or people, and
only the terrorist organization. No one should doubt
this statement, which we repeat again and again, and no one should
to interpret it otherwise or try to cross”, – quotes
full statement by Erdogan, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet
Daily News
. The announcement was made at the 30th meeting of the rural
elders at the presidential Palace in Ankara.

Earlier this week, media quoted a very different meaning for the phrase
Erdogan’s speech of 29 November, in Istanbul, at the Symposium on
the middle East problem. He said that Turkey in Syria with the aim
to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad: “we Have no claims on the Syrian
the ground. Importantly, this land belonged to its present owners. We
there for justice. We went there to put
the end of the tyrant Assad, who staged the country’s state terror.
Other reasons were not”, – stressed
the President of Turkey.

The statement surprised
Moscow, press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov said that
in the Kremlin expect from Ankara for an explanation regarding the words of Erdogan, adding
this statement contradicts previous statements by the Turkish authorities.

In Russia also noted that the statement will complicate the settlement process
the Syrian crisis. The government believe Assad is the legitimately elected
President of Syria, and the Russian air force supports the Syrian
the government army in fighting terrorists, but the West
I think that military operations are conducted, including against
opposition groups.

The Russian foreign Ministry suggested that the justification for the words of Erdogan. Official
the representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova after scrutiny of the matter said,
the statement of the Turkish President about the plans to overthrow Assad “is
indirect quote, that was said off the record”.

After that, Erdogan discussed his statements with Russian President Putin
and, according to the assistant to the Russian leader Yury Ushakov, “gave
an explanation”.

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 from the militants
terrorist organization “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH),
supporters of the Kurdish “Democratic Union” and the Labour party

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

Erdogan said the target of the operation in Syria not to overthrow the “tyrant Assad”, and “only a terrorist organization” 01.12.2016

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