Russia persuades Turkey not to use excessive force in Syria

AFP reported on the 22nd (local time) that Russia was urging restraint as Turkey showed signs of increasing its offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria and elsewhere in retaliation for the Istanbul bombings.

According to reports, Russia’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, who visited Astana to attend the 19th Astana Conference held today to seek a solution to the Syrian civil war, said, “We are trying to avoid escalating tension by using excessive force on Syrian territory. .” “I want to convince my Turkiye colleagues to refrain from using it.”

The comments came amid rising tensions between Kurdish militants in Turkey and Syria after the Istanbul bombings on the 13th that left around 80 injured.

After pointing out the Kurdish militants behind the terrorist attack, Turkiyeh carried out retaliatory strikes in northern Syria and northern Iraq, which are strongholds.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 37 people had been killed in airstrikes in Turkey on the 20th.

The previous day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkiye announced that the plan to use ground troops for the operation was also being discussed.

On the other hand, Kurdish militants deny that they were responsible for the Istanbul bombings.

Meanwhile, the Astana summit is where delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran, which have directly or indirectly intervened in the Syrian civil war which has continued for more than 10 years since 2011, are discussing solutions to the situation .

It began in January 2017, led by Russia, and has been discussing issues such as the formation of a constitutional reform committee to end the civil war.

Representatives from Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and the United Nations are also due to participate in the summit, which will last until the 23rd, as observers.

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