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    Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that the United Nations would have to "once again address" the issue of Turkish leadership’s refusal to halt recently intensified airstrikes against Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Not all stakeholders to a political settlement in Syria share the common goal of advancing the process, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said Thursday.

    "It will be a difficult path, because different players have different ideas on how to move forward, and not everyone wants a speedy political settlement," Churkin told the RT broadcaster.

    Asked to assess the global community’s reaction to Turkish leadership’s refusal to halt recently intensified airstrikes against Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, Churkin said the United Nations would have to "once again address this issue."

    "If these actions continue, perhaps we may be talking about a Security Council document appropriately warning Turkey about the unacceptability of such actions," the Russian diplomat noted.

    Turkey links Syrian Kurds to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) separatists and labels both terrorist organizations. Ankara’s allies, including the United States, have called on Turkey to de-escalate tensions.

    The UN Security Council called on Turkey to "comply with international law" after a briefing proposed by Russia on Tuesday.

    Turkey also insists on Kurds' exclusion from the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, against international powers arguing that the talks would fail if Kurdish representatives are not included.

    Th UN-brokered talks on Syrian reconciliation were launched in late January, but were later put on hold until February 25.


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