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Russia to initiate UN Security Council meeting over Turkey’s plans to send troops to northern Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova © Maksim Blinov
A UN Security Council meeting is to be called at Russia’s request on Friday to discuss Ankara’s plans for a ground operation in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Turkey’s actions in the region are threatening Syrian sovereignty, Moscow said, adding it would table a resolution demanding its prevention.

Moscow is concerned about the escalation of tensions on the Syrian-Turkish border, and “Turkey’s announced plans to put boots on the ground in northern Syria,” Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said on Friday, adding that the situation in the region is worrying because Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters are entering Syria and creating terrorist bases there.

It undercuts efforts to launch a political settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic,” Zakharova said, announcing that Russia plans to call a Security Council meeting to discuss the situation.

A draft resolution will include demands to “end any actions that undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, that are at odds with UN Security Council resolution 2254, as well as [interfere] with the launch of the Syrian peace process.”

In December last year, the Security Council unanimously adopted the 2254 resolution that endorsed a road map for a peace process in the Middle Eastern country. The document, adopted by members of the International Syria Support Group, outlined a nationwide ceasefire to begin in the country in parallel with a political process.

READ MORE: Turkey blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara blast, they deny responsibility, point to ISIS

Turkey has been stepping up military activity in the areas with predominantly Kurdish populations, which include not just its own territories in the southeast, but also areas in northern Syria and Iraq. Earlier this week, the UNSC released a warning to Ankara over its actions in the region, urging it to comply with international law and stop shelling the Syrian Kurds.

However, after having accused forces linked with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia of a deadly explosion in Ankara on Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to continue the military efforts against Kurdish groups in Syria. The Kurds denied responsibility for the attack and put the blame on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The Turkish Army shelled YPG positions in northern Syria on Thursday, a Turkish security source told Reuters. The same day, dozens of Turkish military vehicles crossed into a Kurdish area in Syria’s Aleppo province, with Ankara’s troops starting to dig a trench, according to the Kurdish ANHA news agency.

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5 Responses to "Russia to initiate UN Security Council meeting over Turkey’s plans to send troops to northern Syria"

  1. roger  February 20, 2016 at 6:39 am

    What be coming out from US dishonest and criminal behavior can hardly disuade Turks from digging and entrenching in another country. If border safety was Turkey´s primary concern, digging and entrenching could have been done on their own side of the border. Placing military forces in another country, without cause, has always been known as an invasion. Turkish Army is building an enclave to raise an ISIS bastion within Syria in order to give ISIS a place in the negotiating table. Certainly, provoking Russia into a generalized conflict, may be the only US answer to eliminate Assad, let Israel Army contact with Turks and split Syrian territory. As a byproduct, Saudi Arabia and Emirates may be allowed to build an direct gas and oil ducts to Turkey and from there, eliminate Europe buying gas an oil from Russia.
    UNSC resolution its the correct procedure in cases like that, but compliance to them its only a goodwill manifestation. To enforce resolutions a bigger military force than the aggressor´s has always been the only answer. Russia has in Syria a small Air Force detachment, and to make a Turkish pull back, the nuclear deterrent seems a very probable alternative, and from then on WWIII.

  2. Bill  February 19, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Exactly right Dan…that horrible wretch brags about destroying Libya, another war based on lies…A war that was the template for the Syria debacle..If only Khaddafy had given Russia a naval/air base 15 yrs. ago…Russia would have saved that country as well..

  3. Howie  February 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

    The Turks digging trenches in Syria may be digging their own graves.

    Let’s see if the U.S vetoes a U.N security council resolution, if so the Russians may have to take drastic unilateral action.

  4. Dan  February 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I agree with Sustainable Abundance. Maria’s all the things a woman can be–strong, beautiful, truthful, and feminine. Instead we get juvenile, cutesy liars at the State Dept, and what’d be rarer than a female president, we may get one of the world’s only female homicidal psychopaths as our next president.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  February 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Dan: Agree. Compare & contrast tells-the-truth-even-when you-don’t-want-her-to-do-so Maria Zakharova with “cutesy liars” Jen Psaki & Marie Harf (or ‘Barf’ or ‘Harpy’).

      Which one would you trust to be your spokesperson and/or to be anchor/presenter or executive producer on a news show that you really *need* and *want* to watch?

      Which one would you kick out of bed for eating crackers? ;-)… ‘SPILF’ comes to mind. ;-).

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