The Russian military will withdraw from Syrian cities before the invasion of the Turks
Russia withdraws its troops from the Syrian city of Afrin in order to avoid clashes with Turkish army units, which are going to start operation against Kurds in Northern Syria.
This was stated by defense Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli, AMN reports citing the newspaper A Haber.
“The threat against Turkey is growing every day. We will conduct this operation and will defeat the terrorists,” — said the politician.
According to the Agency Anadolu, currently in ‘afrīn are 8 to 10 thousand fighters of the YPG (militias of the Kurds in the Syrian Kurdistan, affiliated with the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan workers’ party).
January 17, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that Turkey holds consultations with Moscow and Washington over a possible operation in the Syrian city of Afrin against the armed forces of the Syrian Kurds of the YPG.
Turkey has put its troops on the border with Syria in a state of high alert. When Ankara plans to begin the invasion, not specified.
Syrian authorities have said they will treat any attack by the Turkish military on Kurdish as an act of aggression and violation of international law, and promised to shoot down Turkish fighter.