Turkey’s airstrikes overnight to April 25 on areas of Iraq and Syria along the border trigger most serious concerns.
As the Turkish side declares, the strikes targeted positions of armed units of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Syrian Democratic Forces. As a result, 70 Kurdish fighters were reportedly killed.
Such moves trigger most serious concern in Moscow and over the world. The actions of Turkish military are directed against Kurdish forces that really stand against terrorist groups, first of all ISIS. In conditions when completion of a war against terrorism in Iraq and Syria is still a long way off, such actions definitely discourage consolidation of anti-terrorist efforts, escalating the already tense situation.
The fact that Turkish airstrikes were conducted on the territory of sovereign states in bypass of their legitimate governments cannot but cause concern. It should be noted that these actions are inadmissible, running counter to the founding principles of inter-state relations.
In this situation it is important to urge all parties to restraint. It is necessary to demonstrate due political foresight and focus attention on a most important for today task – countering international terrorism represented by ISIS, Jabhat al Nusra and other affiliated groups.