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Russia Moderates Turkish-Syrian Dialogue Over Northeastern Syria

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Russia Moderates Turkish-Syrian Dialogue Over Northeastern Syria

ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: Turkish troops

Russia supports the Turkish-Syrian dialogue and stands for practical cooperation between the countries on the basis of the 1998 Adana Agreement.

Russia Moderates Turkish-Syrian Dialogue Over Northeastern Syria

Mariya Zakharova

During the October 17 press briefing, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mariya Zakharova, made the following comment:

Question: Yesterday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov explained Russia’s position on the Turkish operation. He mentioned the 1998 Adana Agreement. How can this Agreement be applied in this case?

Maria Zakharova: I can once again highlight the statement made by Sergey Lavrov. He said Russia strongly advocates resolving the current situation through a dialogue between the Government in Damascus and the Kurdish forces. As you know, this dialogue has begun and is already yielding certain results. He also emphasised that Russia has always recognised Turkey’s legitimate interests in the security of its borders. At the same time, we stand for practical cooperation  between Damascus and Ankara on the basis of the 1998 Adana Agreement. We absolutely clearly see the possibilities for this. The two countries’ military officials should determine the specific aspects of their interaction on the ground. Russia, for its part, is ready to assist them in such a dialogue.

Remarks by the Russian side became another demonstration of the ongoing cooperation of Turkey, the US and the Syrian-Russian bloc over the situation in northeastern Syria. In this situation versions that describe the current situation in northeastern Syria as a pre-agreed scenario that plays into the hand of Damascus, Moscow, Washington and Ankara look even more reliable. The only side that suffers setbacks from this cooperation is Kurdish militias and their separatist leaders.

The statement of the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry on Russia’s recognition of Turkey’s legitimate interests in the security of its borders is a unprecedented signal. This indicates that the point of view provided in the analysis of Murat Mutlu, “Russian Gambit”, is lose to the reality. Mr. Multu’s main point was that Russia was the main initiator of the current processes in northeastern Syria.

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