Turkey has right to protect itself from terror: Kremlin spokesperson
Turkey has the legal right to protect its territories from terrorism, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow on Oct. 2.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin has said many times that Turkey has the legal right to protect its territories from terrorist elements," Peskov stressed.
Speaking in the Russian resort city of Sochi, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the U.S. is using Kurds east of the Euphrates in Syria to establish a "semi-state."
"The U.S. is trying to move Kurds into the areas belonging to Arabs, in order to strengthen their position in the region," he said.
He called it a "very dangerous game" with the potential to further destabilize the region.
On a possible Turkish operation, Lavrov said Russia hopes the issue figures during any interaction between Turkey and the Syrian regime.
"We hope both sides agree. We will help them on this topic," he said.
Lavrov added that the U.S. does not respect Syria's territorial integrity, nor does not take into account Turkey's legitimate concerns about border security.
Turkish security concerns for NE Syria 'legitimate': UN
Meanwhile, a UN official said on Oct. 2 Turkey's security concerns for northeast Syria are "legitimate" and these concerns need to be taken into account.
The constitutional committee in Syria will bridge the differences between the sides in Syrian crisis, Geir Pedersen, UN's special envoy to Syria, said in a press conference at the Geneva Office.
Pedersen said he intends to hold the committee's first meeting in Geneva on Oct. 30.
Responding to a question on Turkey's possible operation in northeast Syria, he said the situation needs to be handled with respect to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
"Legitimate Turkish security concerns need to be taken into account," Pedersen added.
Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed on Aug. 7 to set up a safe zone in northern Syria and develop a peace corridor to facilitate the movement of displaced Syrians who want to return to their homeland.
Turkey has long complained about the threat of terrorists coming from east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, vowing to take military action to prevent formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.