The diplomacy behind Turkey’s operation in Syria | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


The diplomacy behind Turkey’s operation in Syria

Surprising many opponents of the campaign, still active Syrian air defense and air forces did not intercept the Turkish military operation on the Afrin region, which officially started at 5 p.m. (14:00 GMT) on Jan. 20.

Neither did the Russians. Perhaps even more surprising was the statement issued by the Russian Defense Ministry after the start of the “Olive Branch Operation.”

“The main reasons contributing to the development of the critical situation in this part of Syria were the provocative U.S. steps aimed at the separation of regions with predominantly Kurdish populations,” it stated.

The statement continued by describing militant groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as “pro-U.S.” forces and pointed the finger at Washington for the escalation of tension.

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