Russia, Turkey War In Syria: A Case Of He Said She Said
Russia and Turkey are not backing down from each other as the two nations continue to warn and accuse each other of breaching interests. According to Turkey, Russia continues to violate its airspace while Moscow accused Ankara of Syrian aggression that could possibly prompt war.Advertisement
“Ankara is aggravating the situation on the Syrian-Turkish border and carries out provocations, though those actions aren’t just provocations, but aggression on all counts,” Russia’s Argumenty i Fakty (Arguments and Facts) newspaper quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday, as reported by Sputnik.
The statement comes after Russia already started concrete measures in order to assure the ceasefire deal in Syria. According to RT, Russian airstrikes already decreased for the past two days. Nonetheless, other arracks on terrorist groups like Al-Queda and ISIS will not cease.
“I would like to stress that the Russian-US ceasefire agreement does not include ISIS, Al-Nusra Front militants and other militants designated as terrorists by the UN Security Council. Therefore the Russian Air Force is continuing airstrikes against these international terrorist groups’ targets as usual,” clarified Defense Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“We have started specific and complicated practical work towards the peace settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic. We expect that our American colleagues start taking specific steps instead of talking as soon as possible,” the official added. Even with such statements and measure, world powers remain concerned on whether Russia can push through with its promise.
Nonetheless, even with Russia’s seemingly good intentions, Turkey continues to accuse the country of continually violating its airspace. According to Reuters, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Wednesday that Russia continues to breach its airspace even after the downing of its warplane incident. Nonetheless, threats continue to go back and forth as Russia also reportedly threatened Turkey with tactical nukes should the tensions continue. Note that the conflict between the two countries escalated following Turkey’s decision to shoot down Russia’s plane. Moscow denied violating anything but the West sided with Turkey on this one.