Turkey does not seek to capture the Syrian territories, said Erdogan
MOSCOW, January 28 — RIA Novosti. The aim of the Turkish military operation “Olive branch” in Syria is not the seizure of the territory of the country, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“We are not seeking to capture the Syrian lands, however, I want to help to return of 3.5 million refugees currently in Turkey”, — quotes the Turkish leader, Anadolu Agency.
The locals thank the Turkish military that with their arrival in the region, “there will be security,” Erdogan said. According to him, the operation in ‘ Afrīn is aimed at protecting the interests of the civilian population of Syria. Opponents of “operation Olive branch” “turn a blind eye to the activities of terrorists in the region”, stressed the head of state.
Turkey on 20 January announced the beginning of “operation Olive branch” against the forces of the Syrian Kurds in the Afrin. Together with the Turkish troops, the militants of the “free Syrian army”.
Damascus strongly condemned Turkey’s actions in ‘ afrīn. Moscow called on all parties to show restraint and to respect territorial integrity of Syria.