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    Turkish Prime Minister Accuses Russia of Striking Syrian Turkmen Settlement

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    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia on Friday of launching airstrikes on a Syrian Turkmen settlement in northern Syria, and called on Moscow to concentrate on destroying the Islamic State militant group.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said it had issued a note of protest with Moscow's ambassador to Ankara over Russian anti-terrorist airstrikes in Syria. The note, obtained by RIA Novosti, cited an alleged Russian Aerospace Forces strike on a Syrian Turkmen settlement in northern Syria.

    "The Russian planes participate in strikes on the Turkmen villages. This is why I requested that the foreign minister summon the Russian ambassador to inform him of this and take necessary measures. The Russian ambassador was told that if the Russian Aerospace Forces are fighting IS, their actions must be directed against the IS," Davutoglu told reporters.

    According to the prime minister, if cluster bombs and mass killings are used against the civilians near the Turkish border, this would lead to refugees entering Turkey "and all those who contributed to this will be held accountable."

    Russia launched airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group and other extremist targets in Syria at the request of its president, Bashar Assad, on September 30.

    The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly denied reports of the Russian warplanes hitting civilian infrastructure in Syria. All Russian airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria were carried out only after preliminary air surveillance had been completed and intelligence provided by the Syrian military has been verified.

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    • Syden A D
      Turkish hypocrisy , turkey has been harboring and supporting terrorists for a long time
    • sophm0e38
      Turkey needs to address its treatment of the Kurdish population, their genocide of the Armenian people and murders/genocide and rapes of the Cypriot people. Then, they can complain, assuming they have evidence.
    • n.petrossov
      There are millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey but for some reason these Turkmens are still there and don't move anywhere and Turkey will do EVERYTHING to save them. How ridiculous!
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      hjordan
      Go away and make the tea for your bosses!
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