Turkish operation in Syria 'possible any time': spokesman for Turkish President

Türkiye Materials 14 January 2023 20:44 (UTC +04:00)
Turkish operation in Syria 'possible any time': spokesman for Turkish President

A new Turkish ground operation in Syria against PKK terror organization's Syria offshoot YPG is "possible any time", a top aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Jan. 14, amid a Moscow-brokered rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara, Trend reports citing Hurriyet Daily News.

"A ground operation is possible any time, depending on the level of threats we receive," Erdogan's foreign policy adviser Ibrahim Kalin told reporters.

Kalin also said Türkiye was ready to push for local ceasefires in Ukraine and warned that neither Moscow nor Kiev had the military means to "win the war".

Kalin conceded that it seemed unlikely that the warring sides were ready to strike an "overarching peace deal" in the coming months.

But he said that the brutal cost of fighting might soon see them reconsider and accept localised truces in specific parts of the war zone.

"Türkiye is willing to push for local ceasefires and small localised de-escalations," Kalın told reporters.

"Neither party is in a position to win the war militarily, on the ground," he added.

Erdogan has used his good relations with both Moscow and Kiev to try and mediate an end to the nearly 11-month war.NATO member Türkiye hosted two early rounds of peace talks and helped strike a U.N.-backed agreement restoring Ukrainian grain deliveries across the Black Sea.

Erdogan has also held repeated rounds of phone consultations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky aimed at finding common ground.

Kalin said Russia was primarily interested in "security guarantees" from NATO and respect on the global stage."What Russia wants is to be respected as a major player and to (avoid) having NATO in their backyard," Kalin said.

"Ukraine is not going to join NATO but they need to get enough security guarantee from Russia," he said.