MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A Saudi Defense Ministry aide denied to Sputnik in a telephone interview that Riyadh has any troops in Turkey in preparation for possible ground operations in Syria.
“There are no ground troops from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia currently in Turkey,” Ahmed Asiri said.
Turkish media reported last week that Turkey had deployed 100 servicemen to Syria. The Turkish Defense Ministry later denied the reports, but confirmed that planes from the Saudi Air Forces would be based in Turkey.
Over the last few days, Turkey has intensified shelling of Syrian territory, citing alleged threats from Kurdish groups against Turkey.