Ankara ‘not so much fights radicals as cooperates with them,’ civil war underway in Turkey: Vladimir Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that it is impossible to guarantee safety for Russians in Turkey, with south of country practically mired in civil war.

Ankara 'not so much fights radicals as cooperates with them,' civil war underway in Turkey: Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Q&A session that the Turkish authorities are not so much fighting with the radicals, but working side by side with them instead.

He also said that there is a civil war going on in southern Turkey.

“We believe that the current Turkish leadership not so much fights the radicals, but rather cooperates with them,” Putin said.

“In fact, there is a civil war going on in southern Turkey. We try to ignore it, the international community pretends not to notice it, but it’s a fact. Moreover, [the war goes on] with the use of heavy weaponry and equipment, artillery and so on,” he said, highlighting the fact that terrorist attacks take place in Turkey “nearly each week.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that it is impossible to guarantee safety for Russians in Turkey, with south of country practically mired in civil war.

“There is practically civil war taking place in the south, we try to not notice it, the international community also somehow does not notice it, but it is a fact, and with use of large military equipment, heavy weaponry, tanks, artillery and so on. And terrorist attacks happen almost every week in Turkey, where is the guarantee that nothing will happen to our tourists?,” Putin said during his direct line session.

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