By Chris King •
Published: 21 Nov 2022 • 17:57
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, Monday, November 21, that Ankara launched an air operation in Syria and Iraq after Russia’s ‘refusal’ to comply with the 2019 Sochi agreement. Moscow failed to fulfil promises to withdraw Kurdish formations from the border of the republic he accused in an interview with CNN Turk upon his return from Qatar.
According to him, the Turkish side has repeatedly warned Moscow about this. “Moscow has not fulfilled and refuses to fulfil its duty”, the Turkish leader stressed.
Erdogan also added that he had warned Russia that Turkey did not intend to be ‘silent’ against terrorism. His country would take the necessary measures if the Russian side did not fulfil its obligation to cleanse the region of terrorists he warned.
“So, we struck and eliminated 12 terrorist nests in Kobani. Turkey will not hold back, this anti-terrorist operation both from the air and from the ground will continue”, Erdogan continued.
In the same interview, Erdogan said that he had not yet discussed the Turkish air operation in northern Syria and Iraq with either Russian President Vladimir Putin or American leader Joe Biden.
On November 20, the Turkish Ministry of Defence announced Operation Claw-Sword. Ankara believed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Syria was involved in the terrorist attack in the centre of Istanbul, which occurred on November 13.
In just one day of operation, the Turkish armed forces destroyed 89 targets, including shelters and ammunition depots in Syria, as reported by gazeta.ru.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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