Rus­sia asks Turkey to with­draw troops from Iraq

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW—Rus­sia de­mands that Turkey with­draw its troops from Iraq, the RIA news agency quoted Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov as say­ing on Tues­day.

“This (keep­ing troops in Iraq) is an ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able po­si­tion,” it cited Lavrov as say­ing. “In prin­ci­ple, I be­lieve that what the Turks are do­ing de­serves far greater pub­lic at­ten­tion on the part of our Western part­ners.”

A source from the Turk­ish mil­i­tary said on Tues­day that war­planes re­cently tar­geted a camp for Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK) rebels in north­ern Iraq, killing 14 of them.

The Turk­ish mil­i­tary has been car­ry­ing out reg­u­lar air strikes against po­si­tions of the out­lawed group in the moun­tain­ous re­gions of north­ern Iraq, where it has camps near the Turk­ish border, af­ter the col­lapse of cease­fire last year.

More than 40,000 peo­ple have been killed since the PKK took up arms in 1984 de­mand­ing a home­land for Turkey’s big­gest mi­nor­ity.

Since then, the group has pared back its de­mands to fo­cus on cul­tural rights and a mea­sure of au­ton­omy.

In a re­lated story, Rus­sia on Tues­day an­grily de­nied its planes had con­ducted air strikes overnight against the Syr­ian rebel-held city of Idlib, which the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said had killed 23 peo­ple.

“Rus­sian planes did not carry out any com­bat mis­sions, to say noth­ing of any air strikes, in the province of Idlib,” Igor Konashenkov, a Rus­sian De­fence Min­istry spokesman, said in a state­ment.

Rus­sia is a key ally to Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad, and has sup­ported its regime by giv­ing its forces an air back­ing.—Agen­cies

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