Russia urges Turkey to show restraint in Syria
Alexander Lavrentyev, the special presidential envoy of Russia for Syria, says that Turkey did not inform Russia of the air operation in northern Syria in advance.
In light of the strikes on Syrian territory, Moscow urges on Turkey to exercise caution, according to Alexander Lavrentyev, the special presidential envoy of Russia for Syria.
At the beginning of the 19th round of talks on the Syrian settlement in Astana, Lavrentyev said "We will call on our Turkish colleagues to show certain restraint in order to prevent an escalation of tension, not only in the northern and northeastern regions of Syria, but throughout the entire territory."
The envoy emphasized that efforts should be made to find a peaceful resolution to the Kurdish issue while working with all parties involved.
During the Astana meeting on Syria, Lavrentyev stated that Turkey had not informed Russia in advance of the air operation in Syria and Iraq.
"We hope to convince our Turkish partners to refrain from using excessive force on Syrian territory," the Russian special envoy said.
Turkish airstrikes pave way for land operation in northern Syria, Iraq
Turkey has carried out an air operation in northern Syria, which could be the first step toward a land operation, according to Turkish daily Yeni Safak.
Kurdish Firat News Agency (ANF) reported that Ankara has once again carried out an air attack against the city of Ain al-Arab in northern Syria.
Citing the Turkish Defense Ministry, Anadolu reported that an air operation against the YPG, which is the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), was being carried out in northern Syria and northern Iraq.