Turkey claims that its military operation in Syria is aimed at stabilizing the situation and eliminating differences between Russia and the United States in the region. But, according to Sozcu, in reality, Ankara’s actions could ignite a large-scale conflict, TASS reports.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is scheduled to meet in Ankara on Wednesday with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. And the issue of conducting a military operation by Turkey in Syria will be one of the main issues at this meeting.
As the newspaper notes, Ankara is still trying to convince Moscow and Washington before the start of large-scale hostilities that its decisions are aimed at stabilizing the region. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish military will expand the security zone established in 2019.
On June 4, Erdogan announced that the Turkish army was beginning to clear the region of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Self-Defense Forces (SNS). In Ankara, these organizations are called terrorist.
At the same time, Turkey is already saying that the military operation may not be limited to the areas of Tell Rifat and Manbij. Sources say that Turkey can attract up to 50,000 military and pro-Turkish militants.
Turkey plans to create several military bases not only in Syria, but also in Iraq. They will remain in effect until “threats will finally disappear”and only after that Ankara will withdraw its troops.