Lavrov during a visit to Turkey to discuss Erdogan’s words about the intention to overthrow the “tyrant Assad”
Made before the statement of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the main purpose of the Turkish RAID in Syria is the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, will be the topic for discussion during the upcoming visit to the region Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. It is expected that the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic will be the Central theme of the upcoming negotiations.
Russian Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, answering the question TASS, whether in the course of Lavrov’s visit to Turkey to discuss the statements of Erdogan to Assad, said: “it would Be a good topic to clarify attitudes and intentions.” 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”.
For the Kremlin the words of Erdogan became the news is there waiting for an explanation
The Kremlin said that Erdogan’s statement regarding the overthrow of Assad was the news for the Russian side, and noted that waiting for clarification, reports TASS. “The statement really was news, this is a very serious statement,” – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. “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.
The foreign Ministry found an excuse to Erdogan
However, the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the Russian dipvedomstva examined with the statement of Erdogan, “because this quote made a lot of noise”, reports “Interfax”. In her words, “it is an indirect quote, it was not said on the record”. Recall that the statement of the President of Turkey published the day before the Hurriyet Daily News by issuing it as a direct quote.
Zakharova also said that Russia rely on statements of the Turkish leadership, and in particular, Erdogan, who “formed the basis of the agreements this country.” According to her, it is not only on bilateral agreements between Moscow and Ankara, but the documents ISSG (international Syria support group), which includes Turkey. “There is no doubt that the decision of the Syrian conflict but in a peaceful way, no other way has not. Military solution to the Syrian situation there,” – concluded Zakharov.
Lavrov is leaving for Turkey today. Thursday, December 1, the Russian foreign Minister with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu will participate in the first after more than six months of the crisis in relations between the two countries (and fifth) meeting of the Joint strategic planning group (SGSP) in Alanya.
It is expected that the Ministers will discuss the situation in the middle East, in particular cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, especially in Syria, reports the press service of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. In addition, we will focus on the resolution of the Syrian crisis with emphasis on the translation of its resolution “to the political mainstream by launching an inclusive national dialogue based on universally recognized principles of international law.”
The special operation of the Turkish military in Syria began on 24 August this year. 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.
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.
The authorities of Russia consider Assad the legitimate President of Syria. Russian aircraft supported the Syrian government army in the fight against terrorists, while in the West believe that military operations are conducted, including against opposition groups, and accused Russia for a large number of civilian casualties in the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo, where at present there was the most acute situation.
In turn, Turkey supports the opposition fighting against the Assad regime and terrorists, but opposes the Kurds (supported by the US), whose forces were one of the first effective in the fight against “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia) forces.
A military operation of Air and space forces (VKS) Russia in Syria began on 30 September last year. March 14, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to withdraw from Syria, the bulk of the Russian troops. However, some military equipment and a limited contingent of troops remained in the country to support the Syrian army in the fight against terrorists. October 14, Putin signed a law on ratification of agreement between Russia and Syria on the indefinite deployment of Russian air group in Syrian territory free of charge.