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Kremlin: Turkish military operation in Syria must be proportionate

RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russia wants Turkey to ensure its military operation in northern Syria is proportionate to the situation on the ground, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Monday.

Ushakov was speaking in Riyadh, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Saudi Arabia, commenting on the military operation launched by Turkey in Syria last week.

He added that the most important thing for Moscow is that the Turkish military operation does not harm efforts to find a political solution to the eight-year Syrian war.

The operation targets the Syrian Kurdish YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization allied with Kurdish separatists in Turkey.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Twitter that Minister Hulusi Akar discussed the situation in Syria and security and defense issues in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.

Russian-backed Syrian forces lost no time on Monday and spread deep into Kurdish-controlled territory south of the Turkish border, taking advantage of the sudden withdrawal of US troops from Syria after the Turkish incursion.

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