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Russia calls on UN SC to make Turkey stop ‘inadmissible actions’ in Syria

February 17, 6:57 UTC+3
At Russia’s initiative, the Security Council discussed on Tuesday activity of Turkey, shelling positions of Syrian Kurds
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UNITED NATIONS, February 16. /TASS/. Russia has presented to the UN Security Council facts of Turkey’s violation of its resolutions and has called on the Security Council members to compel Turkey to stop its "inadmissible actions" in Syria, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said on Tuesday after a closed meeting of the Security Council.

"I presented a number of facts of Turkey’s violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions, including weapons supplies, destabilization and aggression against Syria. I called on all our partners to work with Turkey to stop its inadmissible activities," he said.

At Russia’s initiative, the Security Council discussed on Tuesday activity of Turkey, shelling positions of Syrian Kurds who help Damascus in fight against terrorists. After the meeting, Security Council President Rafael Ranirez said all 15 member countries had expressed concern over this actions and agreed to urge Turkey to comply with international law.

Safronkov dismissed accusations against Russia as to its non-compliance with Security Council resolutions on Syria, saying criticism was not backed by any facts. "We are not violating (the resolutions), as we are in Syria on legitimate grounds, we are fighting terrorism helping the Syrian army, helping the Kurdish militia as well as the patriotically minded Syrian opposition," the diplomat said.

He expressed hope that a truce will be achieved already this week as envisaged in a statement by the International Syria Support Group adopted in Munich.

At the same time, the diplomat said political will of both sides in the conflict was needed for that.

Russia’s aerospace forces launched pinpoint strikes against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra targets in Syria on September 30 after the Federation Council upper parliament house unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request for the use of the armed forces against terrorists in Syria.

Air strikes are delivered at military hardware, communications centers, transport vehicles, munitions depots and other terrorist infrastructure facilities. The military operation is conducted at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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