Erdogan: Russian Federation making ‘grave mistake’ in Syria

A Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border on Saturday, prompting the Foreign Ministry to send a stern warning to Moscow to stay away from its territory or face the consequences.

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The news of the violation of Turkish airspace comes just one day after President Tayyip Erdogan called Russia’s air strikes in Syria a “grave mistake”.

The same message was also relayed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov by his Turkish counterpart in a telephone conversation, the statement said.

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will ask European Union leaders in Brussels to do more to help end the conflict in Syria and to accept more refugees as he arrives in Europe for what are expected to be tense talks on how to solve the continent’s refugee crisis.

‘This may be a sign of a step that will take it to loneliness in the region, ‘ he added.

Last week, Turkey issued a joint statement with its allies involved in the U.S.-backed campaign against the Islamic State group asking Moscow to cease attacks on the Syrian opposition and to focus on fighting the IS. In ramping up its military involvement in Syria’s civil war, Russian Federation appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State’s atrocities, may be willing to tolerate Syrian President Bashar Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition.

‘The chances of success for this coalition are great and not insignificant’.

Russia’s SU-25 jets have targeted a training camp in the northwestern Idlib Province and “destroyed the terrorists” hideouts and a workshop making makeshift explosive devices including “suicide belts'”, it said.

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Erdogan told the crowds gathered from the Turkish diaspora in France, Germany, Belgium and even Switzerland, to resist “the people who threaten our country with arms and with bombs” and would lead it “into the dark tunnels of terrorism“.

Turkey warns Russia over airspace violation, says Moscow escalating conflict