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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:42 AM

Russia calls Turkey's invasion of north Syria 'unacceptable'

Source: Irish Times

Russia has said Turkey’s military assault on northeastern Syria is “unacceptable”, heaping pressure on Ankara as Moscow seeks to capitalise on a US withdrawal from the region to help Syrian president Bashar al-Assad reassert control.

Alexander Lavrentiev, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Syria, told reporters that the offensive launched last week by Turkey against Kurdish forces in the country’s northeast had not been agreed with Russia, which has emerged as the most influential foreign power in Syria.

In the harshest comments yet from a Russian official, Mr Lavrentiev said Moscow had “always believed that any military operation in Syrian territory is unacceptable”.

He said the security of the Turkish-Syrian border “should be ensured . . . by way of deploying government forces along the entire border” – a suggestion that directly conflicts with Ankara’s plan to control a 32km-deep stretch of the country’s northeast.

Read more: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/russia-calls-turkey-s-invasion-of-north-syria-unacceptable-1.4051499



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crazytown Oct 15 OP
empedocles Oct 15 #1
defacto7 Oct 15 #2
crazytown Oct 15 #3
iluvtennis Oct 15 #11
Blue_Tires Oct 15 #4
gab13by13 Oct 15 #6
Sapient Donkey Oct 15 #8
qazplm135 Oct 15 #9
Sapient Donkey Oct 15 #10
Xolodno Oct 16 #14
Iliyah Oct 15 #5
Dennis Donovan Oct 15 #7
YOHABLO Oct 15 #12
dalton99a Oct 15 #13

Response to crazytown (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:46 AM

1. Complex pol'tics

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:52 AM

2. Oh, i get it. So they'll go in and fix it.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:57 AM

3. They are patrolling there already.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 03:29 PM

11. yep, I'm sure that's putin's plan. nt

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:08 PM

4. Russia is going to be the new "policeman" for the Middle East

which is probably what they had planned all along...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:20 PM

6. The new policeman for oil and gas lines.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:31 PM

8. Does Russia have much presence or influence in the region outside of Syria?

It seems possible that Turkey, Russia/Syria, and of course even our Dear Leader Trump planned this all out in order to get the US out so that Russia/Syria could retake the north from the Kurds under the guise of bringing stability and kicking the invading turks out. Maybe they figured the US withdrawing from the area and abandoning our allies to avoid a conflict with a NATO ally would go over smoother than leaving the are so that Russian and Syrian forces could move in. This is all speculation, of course. But I think we're all thinking something along those lines, aye?

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Response to Sapient Donkey (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:34 PM

9. Sure

 

they are friendly enough with the Iran side of things, as well as Syria.

I could easily see them become more friendly with Iraq as well now that Iraq and Iran are more friendly.

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 01:10 PM

10. Oh yeah, Iran...

I don't know why that escaped my mind.

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Response to Sapient Donkey (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 16, 2019, 12:02 AM

14. As someone already stated, Iran....with that said....

....they are getting friendly with the House of Saud. The proxy war in Yemen is telling that monarchy clearly they are not up to snuff to fight Iran. Add to that, they have to question if they can rely on the USA to protect them. Given all the shit they've done has now caught up to them, Trump may do so, but he's not a monarch and isn't going to stick around.

So what to do? Chum up with the one nation that Iran respects and has good relations. And hope the status quo for the most part, won't change.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:12 PM

5. Going as planned . . .

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:25 PM

7. Russia's winking at Turkey so much, you'd think they developed a nervous tic...

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 10:36 PM

12. Maybe Turkey should be kicked out of NATO (?)

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:20 PM

13. Bullshit. Everything is according to plan:

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/61540

Trilateral summit on settlement in Syria
September 16, 2019
President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani took part in a trilateral summit on the settlement in Syria.



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