Conflict in Syria: Russia calls on Turkey to avoid “any excessive use of force”

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LRussia said on Tuesday it hoped Turkey would exercise “restraint” and refrain from “any excessive use of force” in Syria, where Ankara is carrying out airstrikes and threatening to launch a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters.

“We hope to convince our Turkish colleagues to refrain from resorting to excessive use of force on Syrian territory” to “avoid the escalation of tensions,” Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to the press, told the press. Syria.

Turkey’s air force on Sunday launched Operation Sword Claw, a series of raids that targeted PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and YPG (People’s Protection Units) positions in northern Iraq and Syria. According to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), 37 people lost their lives in these raids.

“Russia has for months (…) done everything possible to prevent any large-scale land operation,” Lavrentiev said in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where a tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey is to be held. and Iran over Syria.

These three countries are major players in the war in Syria, which has claimed nearly half a million lives since 2011. Mr. Lavrentiev called for “continuation of work with all stakeholders to find a peaceful solution, including on the Kurdish question”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been threatening since May to launch a new military operation in northern Syria, and the attack that took place on November 13 in Istanbul, immediately attributed by Ankara to the PKK and the YPG, precipitated the events.

“We will make those who disturb us on our territory pay,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, citing “consultations” underway to decide “how much power should be engaged by our ground forces”.

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