Turkey, Politics

Turkish military rejects Russia's Syria safe zone claims

Russian FM Lavrov's claims about Turkish military violating Syrian territory are 'baseless', Turkish military says

14.03.2016
Turkish military rejects Russia's Syria safe zone claims

Ankara

ANKARA

Turkish military has denied Russian claims it is trying to create safe zones inside Syrian territory.

Turkish General Staff said in a statement Monday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's claims about the military violating Syrian territory were “baseless”.

Lavrov had accused Turkey of starting to declare its sovereign right to create some safe zones inside Syria.

"According to our data, they have already 'dug themselves in' several hundred meters from the border in Syria. ... It's a sort of creeping expansion," Lavrov told Russian television channel Ren-TV Sunday.

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