Syria must be freed from foreign military presence - Putin

Syria must be freed from foreign military presence - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that whoever stood behind the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, Russia firmly condemned these types of activities.

Such buffer zones were guarded by Syrian Kurds but now "the Turkish army is moving in and the Kurds are abandoning those camps", creating the power vacuum. Turkey considers the People's Protection Units (YPG)-which leads the SDF-terrorists and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has been fighting an intermittent guerrilla war in Turkey since the 1980s.

"I'm not sure whether the Turkish army will be able to take this under control - and how soon", Putin said in televised remarks on a visit to the Turkmen capital Ashgabat.

On October 9, Ankara announced the launch of Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, which began with airstrikes on Kurdish positions. "This is a real threat for you and me", the Russian president stressed. "Will they go deeper into Syria, to areas that no one controls, and then move to other countries of the region via Iran?"

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"We should simply understand this, know and mobilise the resources of our security services to neutralise this emerging new threat", he added, without giving more detail.

President Donald Trump has said that the USA took "the worst of the worst" Kurdish-held ISIS prisoners into custody, but thousands remain in northeastern Syria. "They could just escape", Putin was quoted as saying.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman attend a welcoming ceremony ahead of their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia October 5, 2017.

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