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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mutual struggle: why Russia, the closure of the Syrian-Turkish border


Russia intends to raise the issue of the closure of the Syrian-Turkish border, at a regular meeting of the International support group of Syria, which will be held may 17. This was stated by Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Gennady Gatilov. According to him, this will help to stop feeding the terrorists operating in the Arab Republic.


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The presidents of Turkey and Russia Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in November 2015

Russia has repeatedly stressed the need for the closure of the border between Turkey and Syria. According to Russian authorities, such by Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, the group recognized in Russia as a terrorist and banned) has received weapons, funding, and fuel. Recall that there were even accusations that Ankara buys the oil produced in ISIS occupied areas. Interviewed by “MK”, the expert notes that through Turkish territory in Syria may go the transfer of military units.

“Through the territory of Turkey were transferred to the ISIS units from one part of Syria to another, – says “MK” researcher of the Institute of Oriental studies Gregory Melamed. – There were reports that the ISIS troops involved in the fighting in Aleppo. It is clear that they could only be transferred via Turkey, because the areas of Deir al-Zor and raqqa (where the strength of the IG – “MK”) is separated from Aleppo and Idlib. Also many times asserted that Turkey is supporting Jabhat al-Nusra” (banned in the Russian terrorist group – “MK”), which is the main anti-Assad force in the North-Western part.

Another point: Turkey is for its part constantly threatens to carry out some operations is even restricted. To send troops into the Kurdish enclave, in order to protect ethnic Turks on the North-West. This is another reason. There is a mutual struggle: on the one hand, there is a Turkish idea to close the border in order to create a no-fly zone, and with another – the Russian idea that you need to close it for no-fly zone, so there is no movement of people or goods could not be”.

The analyst notes that the initiative of the Russian Federation is unlikely to be adopted at the meeting of the ISSG. “This idea will certainly meet resistance,” notes Gregory Melamed. – It is noticeable that in recent years Turkey has increased its influence, particularly in the United States. If you remember, the UN was blocked the Russian draft resolution on which groups are terrorists. Spoke out against several countries. This suggests that politically formed a coalition to oppose Russia. USA range. I think the initiative is likely wrapped. The countries of the region – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and even Turkey –for the past two months noticeable strategy, which is to prevent strong changes. To the situation, which is now to hold on until the arrival of the next American President in the expectation that he will be a stronger person than Obama.”

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