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Russia expresses its concerns about the tense situation on the Syria-Turkey border and warns both to avoid tension. Moscow also warns West not to seek wase to intervene in the Syrian crisis, defending political and diplomatic solution

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A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Amereya district. REUTERS photo

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Amereya district. REUTERS photo

Russia has urged restraint between Turkey and Syria so as to avoid possible cross-border conflicts while telling world powers that they should not seek ways to intervene in the Syrian war.

Both Syrian and Turkish authorities “should exercise maximum restraint” since radical members of the Syrian opposition might deliberately provoke cross-border conflicts for their own benefits, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said yesterday. The diplomat said Moscow has been worrying about the situation on the Syria-Turkey border. Ankara has repeatedly complained of artillery and gunfire spilling over its border and last week signaled it would take action if there was a repeat of a mortar strike on its territory from inside Syria. Turkey has sent a diplomatic note to Syria over the mortar bomb that hit the southeastern province of Akçakale on Sept. 28.

‘Bomb diplomacy’

Syrian conflicts has been overflowing across the national border and became a destabilizing factor for many neighboring countries such as Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, Gatilov said. NATO and world powers should not seek ways to intervene in the Syrian war or set up buffer zones between rebels and government forces, he said.

“In our contacts with partners in NATO and in the region, we are calling on them not to seek pretexts for carrying out a military scenario or to introduce initiatives such as humanitarian corridors or buffer zones,” Gatilov said. Russia stands for a political and diplomatic solution to the Syria issue and opposes outside military intervention under the pretext of civilians protection or the alleged presence of non-existing weapons of mass destruction, the deputy foreign minister said. In addition, “bomb diplomacy” has never achieved its desired results, but only aggravated security situation in the region, he said.

Meanwhile, Turkish troops killed two members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) near Mardin’s Kızıltepe district after they have tried to infiltrate Turkey, a statement from the Mardin governorship said. One militant was wounded, it said. According to activists in Syria, Turkish troops fired across the Syrian border killing a member of a Kurdish militia and wounding two others in the first such fatal shooting at the Turkish frontier. “The three Kurds, members of a Kurdish militia hostile to the Damascus regime but also wary of the rebellion, were patrolling the border in (Syria’s) Hasaka province when they were hit by Turkish army fire from the other side,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence France-Presse.

October/03/2012

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Mark Mark

10/4/2012 2:34:16 PM

@shah Hamdan - Turkey would know all about false flag operations, she conducted them in Cyprus for years. Natop should not dream of going to Turkey's defence, she has brought this on herself by supporting factions which have no authority.

Mark Tak

10/4/2012 4:25:52 AM

Erdogan is a hitman of the west, they first gave him credit line to be popular in Turkey and not for free, he sold every single Turkish assets for it, now ignorant Turks think few higrise buildings and roads he is doing a good job, after he is made popular in Turkey now he is been used by the same people to topple their enemies and he is always the first one to call them step down, he is putting Turkey in denger and many wars yet to come in Turkish borders, Iraq is already started, Iran next

Mohamed Al Hashimi

10/3/2012 10:52:53 PM

Turkish needs to be aware about their borders from any secret attack especially after the problem between Turkey and Israel for the ship crime near Gaza as Israel like spies wars more than military wars because it has less casualties between Jewish soldiers.

Free Willy

10/3/2012 3:37:15 PM

Look at that weapon. That is not some gun your grand-pappy gives to you. That weapon costs many thousands of dollars, not to mention rounds. Clearly there is big government support happening here. Looks like El Salvador back in the day. Without training, and the professionalism of a soldier, you get what we have - the med on fire.

Recep Ozel

10/3/2012 2:21:23 PM

Excellent advice by Russia! We should be neutral with all our neighbours, and not seek to be enemies unlike our current foreign policy...

Shah Hamdan

10/3/2012 10:45:33 AM

Good advise. Any false flag operation can bring both countries into war. Turkey has greater responsibility to cool down situation as its harboring FSA, Salafist Jahadis and other terrorist.

Sam Steel

10/3/2012 9:47:44 AM

yes right, a mortar shell that could have been fired by terrorists supported, financed and armed by Turkey is a big problem but the thousands of terrorists spilling over from Turkey into Syria are not an issue apparently.

Nikos T.

10/3/2012 8:15:07 AM

Russia is Turkey's economical breathing air. So Mr Erdogan you should pay attention to what they are saying.
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