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Russia circulates draft resolution on Turkey’s actions in Syria among UN SC members

February 19, 2016, 22:54 UTC+3
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UNITED NATIONS, February 19. /TASS/. Russia has circulated among the members of the United Nations Security Council a draft resolution concerning Turkey’s actions undermining Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, a spokesman for the Russian permanent mission to the United Nations said on Friday.

"The resolution has been circulated among the Security Council members," the spokesman said.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to discuss Turkey’s plans to deploy troops in northern Syria at its closed-door meeting at 23:00 Moscow time on Friday. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday Moscow plans to initiate a draft resolution urging to stop any actions undermining Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and hampering the launch of the Syrian peace process.

In the recent days, Turkey has been shelling positions of Syrian Kurds fighting against terrorists on the side of Damascus. Earlier in the week, Russia initiated a meeting of the United Nations Security Council over Ankara’s actions. After a meeting on February 16, the United Nations Security Council members expressed concern over the actions of the Tirkish authorities and agreed to urge Ankara to respect international law.

The Financial Times said on Friday Turkey is planning to deploy its troops in Syria’s northern provinces whereas Saudi Arabia seeks to deploy troops in the south. The United States, according to the Financial Times, is trying to keep Ankara and Riyadh from military activities in Syria as NATO is worried over the perspective of deploying Turkish troops in a country where Russia is conducting a military operation.

The United Nations secretariat earlier on Friday expressed concern over the situation at the Syrian-Turkish border. According to Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the United Nations secretary general, any conflict in this area can spin out of control. He called on all parties to keep it in mind as the situation required a swift political settlement. Dujarric underscored that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, hope for de-escalation of hostilities and violence.

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