Russia cautions Türkiye over new ‘destabilizing’ Syria campaign

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia.

Moscow, The Gulf Observer: A possible new military offensive by Turkish forces in Syria, along with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, have dominated talks between President Erdogan and his Russian counterpart.

Meeting at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, President Putin paid tribute to Türkiye for not imposing sanctions on Moscow in the wake of the attack on Ukraine, saying Ankara’s position has helped ensure the supply of Russian gas to Europe.

The Turkish leader is seeking a deal with Russia that would allow its forces to launch a new operation into Kurdish-controlled parts of northern Syria. However, speaking ahead of the event the Kremlin’s top spokesman appealed to Ankara not to “destabilize” the situation in the war torn country any further.

Dimitry Peskov said that while Moscow acknowledges Türkiye’s “legitimate security concerns” he added. “It is very important to avoid actions that can jeopardize Syria’s territorial and political integrity.”