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Ankara Needs Damascus' Consent to Conduct Military Op in Syria - Russian Envoy

© REUTERS / Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media OfficeTurkish army tanks make their way towards the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Syria August 24, 2016. Picture taken August 24, 2016.
Turkish army tanks make their way towards the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Syria August 24, 2016. Picture taken August 24, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Russia understands the reasons why Turkey has launched the Euphrates Shield military operation in Syria's north, but it should be carried out with Damascus' consent, Russian Ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov said Tuesday.

Turkish army tanks are stationed near the Syrian border in Karkamis, Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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ANKAR (Sputnik) – The ambassador recalled that Russian Aerospace Forces, as well as the Iranian military operate on Syria’s territory with Damascus’ consent.

"We understand the causes for the Euphrates Shield operation led by the Turkish armed forces in Syria. The perpetrators of the horrible terror attacks in Turkey in the majority of cases came from Syria. However, there is one 'but.' In compliance with the norms of international law, such operations should be conducted with the authorization of the United Nation or with the consent of the country where the operation is being carried out. This requirement was not met, and we regret for that," Karlov said in his speech at the private Atilim University in the Turkish city of Golbasi.

On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of Daesh terrorists.

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