Russia will transfer intelligence information that will help Ankara during the Euphrates Shield operation, to Turkish military.
Russia has already started to transfer intelligence information, necessary for the Euphrates Shield operation, to Turkey, the Izvestiya newspaper reported, citing First Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich. According to the newspaper, a relevant agreement was reached during negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week. Experts believe that the cooperation with Turkey on Syrian issue can bring Russia greater benefit than cooperation with the US.
According to Klintsevich, Turkey has secretly joined to the pool of intelligence sharing, created by Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
“We transfer the Turkish side data of communications intelligence, electronic intelligence and imagery intelligence that may be of interest to it,” Klintsevich said. “In response, they also share information. Turks have very effective intelligence agencies and very good agents in Syria.”
As Izvestiya reported, citing its own unnamed informed military-diplomatic source, the agreement on the transfer of intelligence information was reached during the recent visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Turkey.
“The Russian delegation included Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Viktor Gerasimov, who held talks with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar,” the source said. “The sides discussed, what information, how and in what format will be provided.”
According to Klintsevich, the fact that the Turkish side has reconsidered priorities of its foreign policy after the failed coup attempt in the summer of this year promotes the cooperation between Russian and Turkish military.
“Although Turkey is a NATO country, it is very offended by the coup attempt, in which, according to some data, some of the Western powers may be indirectly involved,” Klintsevich said. “President Erdogan and the Turkish leadership have understood that they can deal with Russia.”