French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that there was a risk of war between Turkey and Russia over Syria, adding that Moscow should stop backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia’s foreign ministry said earlier on Friday that it intends to call a session of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the Turkish government’s statements about a possible ground operation in Syria.

“There is a risk of war between Turkey and Russia,” Hollande told France Inter radio. “There is an escalation.”

“Negotiations must resume, bombardments must stop, aid must come,” he said.

Russian warplanes entered Syria’s increasingly complex five-year-old conflict at the end of September, backing the forces of their ally Assad, and bombing rebel positions.

The Turkish military shot down a Russian jet in November it said had breached its airspace while on a bombing campaign in neighboring Syria.

“There must be pressure on Moscow so that we have negotiations,” Hollande said. “Moscow will not succeed by unilaterally backing Bashar al-Assad.”

Hollande said in the radio interview that he had told Russian authorities: “You are not striking the right spots and you are striking civilian populations, which is unacceptable.”

Turkey, opposed to the government in neighboring Syria and worried about advances by Kurdish militants in Syrian territory, this week had to deny a media report that it had already sent troops over the border.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also told Reuters this week that his country, Saudi Arabia and some European powers wanted ground troops in Syria, though no serious plan had been debated.

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The Syrian government and its allies, including Russia, must cease hostilities on Friday in line with an agreement made between major powers on Feb. 11, France’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said earlier on Friday.
Reuters

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Goaly Masque
Goaly Masque
2016-02-20 12:05

So then why didn’t #France vote in favor of any #Russia draft #UNSC resolution to constrain a deranged #Erdogan in #Turkey?

Md. Shakirul Islam
Md. Shakirul Islam
2016-02-20 11:29

THEY ARE AFRAID TO THE MUSLIM FRONT!! NOW THIS IS THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO SEEING THE MUSLIM POWER OF THE WORLD.

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Stern Daler
2016-02-20 12:12

Mr. Holland overlooks: that Russia acts in Syria in accord with its government while Turkey is trespassing and infringing Syrian sovereignty. And he neglects to see that Islamist terrorists were not included in the ceasefire and can/must be bombed.

Shakirul Islam
Shakirul Islam
2016-02-20 12:59

THEY ARE AFRAID BY THE 20 MUSLIM COUNTRY UNITY.

Guy
Guy
2016-02-20 12:46

We are certainly a lot closer to such an incident than say…in October.

Vish
Vish
2016-02-20 21:54

Why the criminals don’t ask Turkey to stop sending troops which is the main cause of this escalation?