Any incursion into Syrian territory by a foreign power would be illegal, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, in a statement clearly designed to be heard in Turkey.

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.

Asked about the implications of any ground incursion into Syria, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters: “We view Syria’s territory as the territory of a sovereign state. Any incursion into the territory of a sovereign state is illegal.”

Russia’s relations with Turkey hit a low in November when Turkish warplanes downed a Russian bomber near the Syrian-Turkish border, a move described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “dastardly stab in the back”.

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

Russia’s Maria Zakharova rejected accusations by Turkey, the Unites States and their allies that Russia had attacked hospitals and other civilian targets in Syria.

“The tasks faced by Russia’s aerospace forces are to lessen the terrorist threat, in particular to the Russian Federation,” she said. “We act at the request of the Syrian leadership, of official Damascus, which the United Nations continues to recognize as legitimate.”

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The United States, leading an alliance launching air attacks on Islamic State militants in Syria, has so far ruled out sending its own ground troops there, apart from small numbers of special forces.

 

Reuters

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Take the red one Neo
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Take the red one Neo

OK so it is illegal but what are you going to do about it? Talk some more? Go to the UN or Brussels? The US terrorist coalition bombing is illegal but what have you done? Turkey shelling the Kurds is illegal but what have you do? NOTHING !!! So we do not need to hear anymore about this or that being illegal; we already know that! But what we do not know is what are you, Mr. Putin, going to do about it besides talk?

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ziad welds

thank you very much you spoke exactly my mind word for word this is exactly the reply i left as well in other posts

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ziad welds

all they ever do is talk diplomacy and legalities while the west and allies are always breaking the laws and doing whatever they want while syria and russian as well as iraq keep sending useless letter to UN and crying on deaf ears

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when will syria and russia learn the only language these warmongers respect is violence? talks get you nowhere,talks are games made to slow you down and used by west but talks are never something west bothers with when they want something so when will they all learn this? west keeps demonising syria so why should sria care anyomore what UN or west says? the rest of the world is with syria so enough talking ,,time for direct threats and action by syria and russia and iran and hezb and iraq

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this is International law

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What was the Russian attack to Georgia and Ukrania?

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When did Russia attack Ukraine? Georgia was because of the NATO-crime syndicate. Those criminals use Georgia to hide their terrorists up in the mountains.
Unlike Turkey, attacking Syria and Iraq since years now. It is time to finish those AKP-mafia murderer-gang. Erdogan and his family, all the after runners and parasites have to jailed for life. My advice? Start to scale up Silivri. It will need a lot of space, because there are thousands of AKP-parasites in Turkey. Don’t forget the little ones as well. All of those parasites have to be removed and locked away forever.

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When did Russia attack Ukraine? Georgia was because of the NATO-crime syndicate. Those criminals use Georgia to hide their terrorists up in the mountains.
Unlike Turkey, attacking Syria and Iraq since years now. It is time to finish those AKP-mafia murderer-gang. Erdogan and his family, all the after runners and parasites have to jailed for life. My advice? Start to scale up Silivri. It will need a lot of space, because there are thousands of AKP-parasites in Turkey. Don’t forget the little ones as well. All of those parasites have to be removed and locked away forever.

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Turkey is as legal as israHell; both are nothing but warmongering trash and don’t belong in the Middle East.

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Georgia had the temerity to itself attack autonomous regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia first, as was later found in an international forum. Russia acted in retaliation in that case and, markedly, did not waltz through and occupy the entire country. Ukraine…the opposition-turned-government in early 2014 had the terrific idea that, after demanding the prior government do not use force against them – despite said opposition readily resorting to violence -, to apply force themselves once in government against the recalcitrant eastern provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk. Before you mention Crimea: the peninsula already held a popular referendum back in… Read more »