Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the forces illegitimately deployed in Syria must leave to restore the territorial integrity of the country. The statement of Putin, given to a Russian television network, comes in the wake of the recent Turkish operation against Kurdish fighters in Syria, which escalated after the withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria. Putin explicitly mentioned Iran and Turkey and said that he is discussing it openly with both the countries.
Putin even went ahead to say that if Syria’s new “legitimate” government would choose not to have Russia’s military presence on its soil, it will be “ just as true for Russia”, hinting that Russian troops will pull back. In an apparent remark on attacks on Saudi oil facilities, Putin emphasized such actions will not affect the cooperation between Russia, Saudi Arabia and UAE. He said that anyone who thinks that it will undermine Russia’s cooperation with OPEC plus is “profoundly wrong”. Putin stressed the need for dialogue among countries to iron out differences. He said that in the case of bilateral issues, it is up to those countries to resolve.
After US President Donald Trump pulled back the troops from northeastern Syria, he said that going into the Middle East was the worst decision ever made in the history of the country.
The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
....IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY! We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
The US President had warned Turkey for doing anything that is “considered to be off-limits” and threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey”. He said, though the US troops are in the process of leaving Syria, they have not abandoned the Kurds calling them ‘special and wonderful’ fighters. Trump also clearly stated that the US is helping the Kurds financially and with weapons. Meanwhile, Turkey, in an apparent reply to Donald Trump’s warning, said that they will go ahead with their military operations in northeastern Syria.
(with inputs from agencies)