A statement Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called the day before the main aim of the Turkish RAID in Syria the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, was news for the Kremlin. Moscow is waiting for in this regard, clarification from Ankara, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
At the request of journalists to comment on Erdogan’s statement about the intention to overthrow Assad, a Kremlin spokesman said: “the Statement really was news, this is a very serious statement”, reports TASS. “We certainly hope that we will soon receive some clarification on this from our Turkish partners,” – said the head of the Kremlin press service.
At the same time, Peskov noted 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. The representative of the Kremlin recalled that the Russian Armed forces “are the only legitimate regime” in Syria. “It’s very important to remember,” – said the press Secretary of the President of Russia.
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. “No. The point is not whether foretold or not, but such statements in the course of contacts with our President Mr. Erdogan did,” – said the representative of the Kremlin.
At the same time, Peskov declined to predict whether the position of Erdogan on Assad to affect relations between Moscow and Ankara. “Before you make any judgments, we rely on the explanation of the position”, – concluded the representative of the Kremlin.
Earlier, the Russian foreign Ministry actually proposed justification the words of Erdogan. The official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the statement of the Turkish President about the plans to overthrow Assad during a military operation in Syria – “it is an indirect quote, it was not said on the record”. The text of the speech of Erdogan published the day before the Hurriyet Daily News by issuing it in the form of direct quotations.
At the same time, Zakharov said that “the solution to the Syrian conflict but in a peaceful way, no other way.” “A military solution to the Syrian situation there,” – concluded the diplomat
In turn, Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that the statement of Turkish President Assad will be the topic for discussion during the talks of Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart in Alanya, where the Russian Minister will pay a visit on 1 December.
On the eve of the Turkish President, 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 said that according to his calculations, in Syria has already killed about a million people. The Turkish leader said that Ankara has no claims on Syrian soil: “We’re there for justice. We went there to put an end to the tyrant al-Assad, who staged the country’s state terror”.
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 organization “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH), supporters of the Kurdish “Democratic Union” and the Kurdistan workers ‘ party. Damascus the actions of the Turkish military on its territory considers illegal invasion.