‘New cold war inches closer’ after Turkey bombs targets in Syria just hours after Russia’s chilling threat
The Turkish Armed Forces fired shells at the Azaz area, which will further provoke the Kremlin and Russian president Vladimir Putin
Turkey’s military has provoked Russian president Vladimir Putin by bombing targets in Syria – just hours after the Kremlin warned that such action could lead to a “new cold war”.
The country’s army targeted Kurdish militia near the town of Azaz in northern Syria.
A Turkish government source confirmed the attack, despite the Kermlin’s warning earlier today that Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s proposed anti-ISIS action in the country could lead to a major world conflict.
The source said: “The Turkish Armed Forces fired shells at PYD positions in the Azaz area” referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey regards as a terrorist organisation.
Earlier today the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he was fed up of Russia being accused of war crimes in Syria.
He told the Munich Security Conference: “Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe, or against the US or other countries.”
Defending his country’s actions in the war-torn country, Medvedev said only regular cooperation between Russia and the US could lead to a normalisation of the situation in Syria .
Medvedev said he saw no need to ‘scare anyone’ with a ground operation – just as rival Turkey threatened to do exactly that.
“I want to emphasise that regular cooperation between Russia and the United States will be crucial,” he added.
“And I mean regular – every day.”
And now Turkey’s action could provoke Russia further.
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