Russian News: Turkey Denies Ceasefire Agreement with Syrian Kurds

ANKARA, August 31. /TASS/. Spokesman for the Turkish president Ibrahim Kalin said at a press conference on Wednesday that Turkey won’t conclude any agreements with the terrorist groupings of Syrian Kurds.

“There is no talk about ceasefire agreements with the Democratic Union party or with the People’s Self-Defense Forces. These are terrorist organizations,” the spokesman said.

There can be no talk for Turkey to sign agreements with the Democratic Union or the People’s Self-Defense Forces, Kalin said.

Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik also pointed earlier on Wednesday to the absence of any agreement between the Turkish armed forces and Syrian Kurds.

“We categorically do not accept such statements, which originate from representatives of some states to the effect that Turkey has some ceasefire agreements with Kurdish forces,” he said.

The minister noted that “it is impermissible to consider the sovereign Turkish Republic as equitable to the terrorist organization,” which the Democratic Union is in Ankara’s opinion.

US and Syrian Kurds’ representatives reported earlier about an agreement allegedly reached between Turkey and the Democratic Union on the ceasefire.

Turkey’s FM briefs Lavrov on progress in Euphrates Shield

ANKARA, August 31. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu have held a telephone conversation to discuss the Turkish military operation in Syria, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

“The Turkish minister briefed his Russian counterpart on the operation Euphrates Shield. In that connection he pointed out that the operations against Daesh (the group Islamic State outlawed in Russia) were continuing successfully and Syrian opposition groups achieved successes in the struggle with it,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. Also, the parties exchanged opinion on topical issues related with Syria.

“In that context they touched upon the delivery of humanitarian assistance, the termination of hostilities and the start of a political process in Syria,” the Foreign Ministry said. Also, they reviewed plans for mutual visits and agreed to hold a meeting within the tightest deadlines possible.”

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that in the telephone conversation Lavrov and Cavusoglu discussed topical issues of Russian-Turkish relations and the situation in Syria.

Russia urges Turkey to avoid strikes on Syrian Kurds

MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. Russia is keeping track of the Turkish army’s operation in northern Syria, and urges Ankara to cooperate with Damascus, Russian Foreign ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

“We closely monitor the Turkish Armed Forces’ military operation in Syria. Certainly, we share the Turkish Republic’s wish to struggle against the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia) which is an embodiment of the international evil, but at the same time we would like to draw attention to the need for following international law and to coordinate all military operations in the territory of a sovereign state with the legitimate government of that country.”

“We are calling on Turkish partners for selective approach in choosing targets for the anti-terrorism operation and for avoiding strikes on the sites of deployment of opposition and ethnic groups, including Syrian Kurds also fighting against the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia),” Zakahrova said.

She pointed out that currently “the most important task is to present a common front with all parties concerned and to fight against the terrorist threat.”

Ankara declared on August 24 that the Turkish army had begun an operation into the territory of neighboring Syria. Turkish armor and ground troops, including commando units, in cooperation with the allied armed groups of the Syrian opposition crossed the border into Syria. Ankara said the purpose of its military operation is the struggle against the Islamic State terrorist group and Kurdish militias.

Damascus condemned the operation saying it regarded such actions as an outright violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

Turkey Warns Damascus Against Moving in Troops with Russia’s Help

ANKARA/TASS/. Turkey warned the authorities in Damascus with Russia’s help it would move its troops to Northern Syria, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus is quoted by the Turkish television channel NTV as saying.

“The parties concerned had been warned of the operation Euphrates Shield in advance. The same applies to Damascus,” Kurtulmus said. “They received the information through Russia.”

Earlier, Turkey said that it had not contacted the Syrian authorities to directly notify them of the operation.

Ankara declared on August 24 that the Turkish army had begun an operation into the territory of neighboring Syria. Turkish armor and ground troops, including commando units, in cooperation with the allied armed groups of the Syrian opposition crossed the border into Syria. Ankara said the purpose of its military operation is the struggle against the Islamic State terrorist group and Kurdish militias.

Damascus condemned the operation saying it regarded such actions as an outright violation of Syria’s sovereignty.