Tensions between Turkey and Russia may have been renewed following an attack on Turkish troops in Syria. The two leaders of the nations came together for an intense talk, though some claim clarity has been reached. Will Turkey and Russia escalate things to world war-like tensions again?
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin met after the attack on Turkish troops. The two leaders reportedly discussed about the progress in war-torn Syria. The two officials are also aiming to find a solution to the conflict in Syria.
Russia And Turkey Tensions Surface
According to Hurriyet Daily News, Erdoğan and Putin spoke over the phone last November 25. The two officials talked about the regional issues surrounding Syria. The fatal attack on Turkish troops became part of the conversation as well. Ankara military spoke with their Russian counterpart to probe into the matter.
The tense moment comes following the war of words and strained relations between Russia and Turkey last year. The two countries were in a heated exchange after Turkey shot down one of Russia’s planes. Nonetheless, Russia denied taking part in the incident.
Russia Denies Incident
“Russia has confirmed directly, by Mr. [President Vladimir] Putin, that the jets which conducted that attack did not belong to them.” Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said.
Kurtumulus added that they would analyze the situation. Nonetheless, he emphasized what needs to be prioritized.
“The most significant thing is to clear the 5,000-square kilometer area of Daesh.”
The second priority is to manage the advancement of the PKK/PYD terrorist organization in Afrin and Manbij west of the Euphrates River. Turkish authorities said before that the PYD should leave the west bank of the Euphrates. They also issued a warning to allies about the goals of the group in the region.
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