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Expert: Turkey faces full-scale armed conflict in its southeast

December 23, 2015, 22:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Turkish and US leaderships will have to forget about Syria soon as the civil war in the Kurdish-populated regions of southeastern Turkey will gain momentum, an expert predicts
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MOSCOW, December 23 /TASS/. Turkey may be on the verge of a civil war that will destabilize the situation in the country for years ahead, Semyon Bagdasarov, director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Central Asia, told TASS on Wednesday. "The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) wanted to enlist Russia’s support very much because a true civil war has broken out in southeastern Turkey. The Kurds need external support," Bagdasarov said commenting on a visit to Moscow of Selahattin Demirtas, a co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish HDP party.

"As for Russia, it should have clear understanding that it should support the national liberation movement of the Kurdish people, including the HDP, if it wants to influence Turkey’s stance," the Russian expert went on to say.

According to Bagdasarov, the civil war in the Kurdish-populated regions of southeastern Turkey will gain momentum. "The Turkish and US leaderships will have to forget about Syria soon," he stressed.

"The thing is that today the Iraqi government met a delegation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Turkey) and promised to supply it with weapons. The situation in the region is turning into a full-scale armed conflict, and Turkey is becoming the object of a civil war, which will destabilize the situation in the country for years ahead," Bagdasarov concluded.

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