Russia is warning the world that Turkey is planning to invade parts of Syria in the coming days/weeks are are working intensively and secretly toward that goal:
RT – Developments on the Turkish-Syrian border give serious grounds to suspect that Ankara is planning a military invasion in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman, told journalists.
“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.
The spokesman reminded that Moscow had previously provided the international community with irrefutable video evidence of Turkish artillery firing on Syrian populated areas in the north of Latakia Province.
— RT (@RT_com) February 1, 2016
“We are surprised that the talkative representatives of the Pentagon, NATO and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent [on the shelling by Turkey],” he said.
Turkey is supplying terrorists in the Syrian cities of Idlib and Aleppo with manpower and weaponry, Konashenkov said.
The spokesman showed the media a photo of the Reyhanli checkpoint, saying that “through this very border crossing – mainly at nighttime – the militants, who seized the city of Aleppo and Idlib in northwestern Syria, are being supplied with arms and fighters from the Turkish territory.”
Turkey is trying to conceal its illegal military activity on the border with Syria and has canceled an agreed Russian observation flight over its territory because of that, Konashenkov said.
“Such steps carried out by a country, which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and security in Europe,” the spokesman told journalists.
Konashenkov called the cancelation of the Russian observation flight over Turkish territory “a dangerous precedent and an attempt to conceal illegal military activity near the border with Syria.”
The violation of the Open Skies Treaty by Ankara won’t go without a proper response from Moscow, he said.
Konashenkov also said Russia has boosted all kinds of intelligence and surveillance activities in the Middle East.
“So if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancelation of the flight by the Russian observers will enable hiding something then they’re unprofessional.”
Apart from getting his new caliphate system, one of the top goals of Erdogan has always been the ousting of Assad in Syria. And since the Syrian civil war didn’t do it and Erdogan’s partnership with Obama didn’t do it, Erdogan is probably going to have to undertake the task himself.
And I should point out that as president, Erdogan has full control of the deployment of the military, both domestically and internationally.
Problem is, Russia is now there, so an invasion of Syria means war with Russia. And since Turkey is a lot closer to Syria that Russia, they have a huge advantage with respect to supply lines.
This has to be worrying Russia, which is why I suspect they are sounding the alarm over this. But will the world stand against Erdogan’s invasion of Syria and subsequent war with Russia? That remains to be seen, but I doubt it. Most in the world thinks Assad needs to go anyway because of his alliance with Iran.