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Damascus condemns the “aggressive behavior” of Erdogan and the “expansionist ambitions” of Turkey

October 9, 2019

He promises to deal with “Turkish aggression with all possible means”


The Syrian government has finally reacted on Wednesday to Turkey's plans to launch a military operation in northeastern Syria against Syrian Kurdish militias, denouncing the “aggressive conduct” of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the “expansionist ambitions” of the neighboring country.

In statements to the state agency SANA, a source from the Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned the “aggressive intentions” shown by the Turkish government, warning that its plans constitute a “flagrant violation of International Law” and the UN resolutions that they defend the unity, integrity and sovereignty of Syria.

“The aggressive behavior of the Erdogan regime clearly shows the Turkish expansionist ambitions in Syrian territory and cannot be justified under any pretext,” said the Syrian official, stressing that the Turkish allegations regarding border security are “a lie.”

On the other hand, he has indicated that Damascus “considers some Kurdish organizations responsible for what happens as a result of their dependence” on the United States, in reference to the Syrian Kurdish militias, backed by Washington and which played a key role in the defeat of Islamic State. In this regard, he has insisted that they should not be “tools at the service of US policy against his homeland.”

“Syria reiterates the inviolability of its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said the responsible, stressing that Damascus “will face Turkish aggression with all legitimate means.”

He has also warned that “if the Erdogan regime insists on launching its aggression” it will become “a terrorist group” and “will categorically lose its position as guarantor” in the Astana process with Russia and Iran, inflicting “a harsh reverse to the entire political process. ”

In addition, he has assured that the Government of Bashar al Assad is willing to welcome “their lost children” if they return to “guarantee the preservation of the integrity and unity” of the country.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stressed that Ankara sent a diplomatic note to the Syrian consulate in Istanbul to inform Damascus about its operation, according to the Reuters news agency.

In statements from Algeria, Cavusoglu has reiterated that the Turkish military operation is based on its rights under International Law and has added that the actors involved, including the United Nations and NATO, were informed.

The Turkish authorities have not responded to Damascus's statements regarding his offensive, which has been called 'Operation Peace Spring'.