Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
15 February 2016
On February 13, Turkey launched the first of many massive artillery attacks from border regions against Syrian towns that have been recently liberated from terrorists by the government troops and Kurdish militia forces.
In particular, attacks have been delivered at the Minnegh military airport and the towns of Mariameen, Ein Daqneh, Maranaz, Inab and Deir Jamal in the Aleppo Province and also Syrian army positions in the Latakia Province. Many civilians have been killed or wounded in these raids, and infrastructure and residential buildings have been damaged.
According to recent information, Turkey also continued to facilitate the illegal crossing of Jihadists and armed mercenaries into Syria to reinforce the seriously battered Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and other terrorist groups. Wounded terrorists and individual groups of fighters are allowed to enter Turkey for rehabilitation and subsequent regrouping.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent letters to the UN Secretary-General and UN Security Council President demanding that the continued Turkish provocations be halted and that countries backing terrorism, including Turkey, be compelled to comply with anti-terrorism resolutions and cease without delay all their financial assistance to terrorists. The Syrian Government also reaffirmed its legitimate right to respond to Turkey’s aggression.
Russian authorities have expressed their serious concern over aggressive Turkish actions regarding their neighbouring country. We see this as direct support for international terrorism in violation of corresponding UN Security Council resolutions and the commitments that Turkey assumed as a member of the International Syria Support Group in Vienna, New York and Munich. Russia will support the initiative to put this issue on the agenda of the UN Security Council, which should provide an unambiguous assessment of Turkey’s provocative policy that is threatening peace and security in the Middle East and beyond it.