Russia to initiate UN Security Council meeting over Turkey’s plans to send troops to northern Syria

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‘A UN Security Council meeting is to be called at Russia’s request on Friday to discuss Ankara’s plans for a ground operation in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Turkey’s actions in the region are threatening Syrian sovereignty, Moscow said, adding it would table a resolution demanding its prevention.

Moscow is concerned about the escalation of tensions on the Syrian-Turkish border, and “Turkey’s announced plans to put boots on the ground in northern Syria,” Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said on Friday, adding that the situation in the region is worrying because Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters are entering Syria and creating terrorist bases there.’

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