Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will be a part of the delegation to Moscow (Reuters/File picture)
A number of prime Turkish officers are anticipated to journey to Russia this weekend to debate the scenario in Syria, the nation’s state-run information company has reported.
Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan will probably be in Moscow on Saturday, stated Turkey’s Justice and Growth Celebration (AKP) spokesman Omer Celik, as reported by Anadolu information company on Wednesday.
Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will even be a part of the delegation, Anadolu reported.
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The Turkish officers’ go to to Russia, which has been a staunch defender of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his forces, comes a few week after Donald Trump stated he intends to tug about 2,000 US troops out of Syria.
The snap choice led to the resignation of US defence chief James Mattis and angered a few of Washington’s closest allies in Europe, but it has additionally left Turkey vowing to take up the combat in opposition to the Islamic State (IS) group within the war-torn nation.
The US president’s announcement additionally got here forward of an anticipated Turkish navy operation in opposition to US-backed Kurdish fighters within the nation’s north.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) obtained backing from Washington of their combat in opposition to IS in Syria.
Ankara, nonetheless, views the group as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK), which has waged a warfare in opposition to the Turkish state for many years and which Turkey considers a terrorist group.
Earlier this week, Kalin, Erdogan’s spokesman, stated the US withdrawal wouldn’t disrupt the combat in opposition to IS in Syria and wouldn’t enable the group to retake any territory within the nation.
“As a part of the worldwide coalition to defeat [IS], we want to categorical once more that we are going to not enable such a factor to occur on Syrian soil, Iraqi soil or Turkish soil,” Kalin informed a information convention in Ankara on Monday.
On the time, he stated Turkey would improve its coordination with Russia in Syria.
Russia has offered navy backing to Assad’s forces within the ongoing warfare in Syria, whereas Turkey has supported teams preventing in opposition to the Syrian authorities.
Additionally on Wednesday, Russia’s international ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated Moscow would coordinate its actions in Syria with Ankara.
“We intently coordinate our views and the implementation of a concrete coverage in Syria with our Turkish colleagues, each in international coverage and in navy counter-terrorist operations on the bottom,” she stated throughout a information convention, as reported by Anadolu.
On Monday, Kalin additionally introduced that an American navy delegation would go to Turkey later this week to debate the US withdrawal.
“They’ll focus on methods to coordinate [the withdrawal] with their counterparts,” he stated.
Shortly after asserting the pullout of US troops from Syria, Trump stated he had mentioned the choice with Erdogan in a phone name.
The US president tweeted that the leaders had “an extended and productive name” that additionally included a dialogue about IS and increasing commerce between Washington and Ankara.