Erdogan Says Putin Asked Him to Cooperate with Assad Regime

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin... Close Relations and Coordination in Syria (DPA)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin... Close Relations and Coordination in Syria (DPA)
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Erdogan Says Putin Asked Him to Cooperate with Assad Regime

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin... Close Relations and Coordination in Syria (DPA)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin... Close Relations and Coordination in Syria (DPA)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin asked him to cooperate with Bashar al-Assad’s regime to resolve the Syrian crisis.

He assured Putin that the Turkish intelligence service is cooperating with the Syrian intelligence in this regard, but what is important is the outcome of this coordination.

“As long as the two intelligence services are working on the matter, we need Russia’s support, and there are agreements and understandings between the two countries in this regard.”

Erdogan made the remarks from the plane on his way back to Turkey, a day after the two leaders met at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The meeting reaffirmed the divergence of positions between the two sides and underscored Moscow’s rejection of a possible Turkish military operation in northern Syria.

Erdogan said Putin adheres to a “fair approach” to Turkey on the Syrian issue and supports Ankara in the fight against terrorism.

The Turkish leader said he discussed with his Russian counterpart the possibility of carrying out a cross-border operation in Syria.

He pointed to their discussion on steps to be taken against terrorist organizations in Syria and agreed to take necessary actions to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“We agreed on the decision to grant Turkey the right to respond to attacks on its security forces and squadrons of killers who attack civilian citizens,” Erdogan stressed.

In a statement issued after the talks that lasted four hours, Putin and Erdogan underlined the “key importance of sincere, frank and trusting ties between Russia and Turkey for regional and global stability.”

Since May, Erdogan has been talking about Turkey’s plans to launch a new military operation in Syria against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in an effort to link up two areas already under Turkish control in the northern region near the Turkish border.

Erdogan said the aim is to create a 30-km safe zone along the Turkish border with Syria.

Ankara sees the YPG as the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU. The PKK has been rebelling against the Turkish government for over 30 years.

However, the United States and European countries rejected such step, and so did Russia and Iran, which support the Syrian regime.



US Military: Houthis Targeted Liberian-Flagged Vessel in Red Sea

File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
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US Military: Houthis Targeted Liberian-Flagged Vessel in Red Sea

File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)

The US Military said on Wednesday that the Houthis have launched an unmanned surface vessel (USV) from their controlled areas in Yemen to strike a Liberian-flagged ship in the Red Sea.
In a statement, the Military said that a Houthi USV struck M/V Tutor, a Liberian flagged, Greek owned and operated vessel, in the Red Sea.
“The impact of the USV caused severe flooding and damage to the engine room,” the statement added.
In the past 24 hours, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) forces successfully destroyed three anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) launchers in a Houthi controlled area of Yemen and one uncrewed aerial system (UAS) launched from a Houthi controlled area of Yemen over the Red Sea, the Military also said.
Houthis also launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) from their controlled areas of Yemen over the Red Sea, it said, adding there were no injuries or damages reported.