Moscow claims Turkey is planning to INVADE Syria after discovering ‘hidden preparations of armed forces’
- Russian military claims it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect an invasion
- Images of Turkish-Syrian border show buildup of transport infrastructure
- Official says it could be used for moving of troops, ammo and weapons
- Russia-Turkey ties strained after Russian warplane downed in November
Images of a checkpoint on the border between the Turkish town of Reyhanli and the town of Sarmada in Syria taken in late October and late January show a buildup of transportation infrastructure.
The Russian military claims the infrastructure could be used for moving in troops, ammunition and weapons, spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said in an English-language written statement.
He said these were among growing signs of ‘hidden preparation’ of the Turkish armed forces for active actions on the territory of Syria.
‘Maybe, in peacetime, these facts would indicate the expectation of trade turnover growth between the neighboring countries,’ Konashenkov said.
‘However, during wartime, in such a way the transport infrastructure is preparing on the eve of military intervention.’
There was no immediate comment from Turkey.
Konashenkov’s accusations came a day after Russia accused Turkey of violating an international treaty by barring a previously arranged surveillance flight over Turkish territory adjacent to Syria and also over air bases used by NATO warplanes.
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