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Lavrov: Turkey developments have no effect on Russian Aerospace Force actions in Syria

July 18, 13:24 UTC+3
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has commented on the situation after military coup attempt in Turkey
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MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. The question of how the developments around Turkey’s Incirlik airbase can influence the antiterrorist operation in Syria should be clarified within the framework of the US-led coalition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

The aircraft used by Washington and its allies for delivering airstrikes on the positons of the Islamic State terrorist group militants in Iraq and Syria are deployed at the Incirlic base. These operations were suspended for at least a day in connection with the developments in Turkey.

"As regards the developments in Turkey, in particular, at the Incirlik Air Force base, it’s rather an issue to be clarified in the context of the activity of the coalition led by the Americans and that includes Turkey," Lavrov said.

According to him, the developments in Turkey have no effect on the Russian Aerospace Force actions in the antiterrorist operation in Syria.

"We can answer for those mechanisms that were created with our participation, for the conditions created for the Russian Aerospace Force activity in Syria and that are based on the agreement we signed with Damascus in accordance with a direct request of Syrian President Bashar Assad for Russia’s assistance in the fight against terrorism," the minister said. " "In this sense, from the viewpoint of the fulfilment of our agreement with the Syrians, there have been no problems whatsoever," the minister said.

Russia and Portugal for constitutional order

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva have pointed to the need to resolve the situation in Turkey solely in line with the Constitution.

"A telephone conversation between Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan was held the day before," Russia’s top diplomat said. "During this conversation our president reaffirmed the fact that Russia takes a principled stand on the inadmissibility of anti-constitutional coups, be it in Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen or elsewhere. For us it is important that the Turkish president has confirmed that everything will be done to ensure the Russian citizens’ safety."

"Now that our tourists are returning to their home country, we feel full cooperation on the part of the Turkish authorities," Lavrov said. "As for the developments in Turkey, our stance is that it is necessary to solve all the issues solely in line with the Constitution ," he said.

For his part, Augusto Santos Silva noted that Portugal "had condemned a coup attempt in Turkey and expressed its support for the democratic institutions in Turkey." "Just like other EU member-countries, we draw particular attention to the need to abide by Turkey’s Constitution and laws," he said. "We hope that now that an attempted coup has failed the constitutional order will be observed there."

On the night to July 16, a group of insurgents staged a military coup attempt in Turkey. The main standoff was in Ankara and Istanbul. The Turkish leadership announced that the coup was suppressed. According to the latest information, 208 people were killed and 1,491 injured in the clashes. More than 6,000 people were arrested after a failed coup attempt.

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