The Ministry of defence on Saturday, January 20, stated that Russian troops withdrew from Afrin and would not get involved in a military operation announced by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan against the Syrian Kurds, codenamed “Olive branch”. At the same time, the Russian defense Ministry stated that they would defend Russia’s interests in the Syrian Arab Republic and to demand ceasefire, political and diplomatic means.
“The command of Russian troops in Syria have taken measures to ensure the safety of Russian troops stationed in the Canton of Afrin, where the Turkish Armed forces have begun conducting “special operations” against the Kurdish forces”, — said the Russian defense Ministry.
Meanwhile, the defense Ministry said that be quickly to help civilians fleeing the fighting in Syria, reports RIA “Novosti”.
“The Russian Centre of reconciliation of the warring parties has been continuously monitoring the situation in and around the area of deconfliction tel-Rifat for providing the necessary assistance to civilians fleeing the hostilities,” — said the Russian defense Ministry.
Meanwhile, the first Deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Franz Klintsevich announced that Russia will support the Syrian authorities in the United Nations demanding the end of military operation of Turkey, which violates the territorial integrity of the Syrian state.
“At the United Nations, not only Syria will require termination of the operation. Russia will support these requirements and will provide Syria with diplomatic assistance. Turkish operation in ‘ afrīn violates the sovereignty of Syria,” – said PREDSTAVITEL upper chamber of the Russian Parliament.
The Russian Senator stressed that “Russia will not intervene militarily, because our contracts do not allow”.
“It is very likely that the Syrian Armed forces will be forced to defend the sovereignty of the country”, – said Klintsevich.
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