Russia urges restraint from Turkey after Syria border attacks

MOSCOW Fri Oct 5, 2012 12:57pm EDT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia appealed to Turkey on Friday to stay calm and avoid any action that could increase tension with Syria after a series of cross-border attacks provoked stern warnings from Ankara.

The Russian statement was a response to the Turkish parliament's decision on Thursday authorizing cross-border military action in the event of further aggression.

"We express the hope that the Turkish side will show restraint and will not take any steps that would lead to further aggravation of the situation in the region," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Turkish artillery bombarded Syrian military targets on Wednesday and Thursday in response to the shelling by Syrian forces and Ankara has made clear it is ready to launch more retaliatory strikes if the war spills across the border.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday his country did not want war with Syria but was "not far" from it.

Russia opposes foreign intervention in Syria, an ally and arms customer since the Soviet era, and together with China has vetoed three U.N. Security Ciouncil resolutions condemning President Bashar al-Assad's government.

On Thursday, Russia joined the other Security Council members in condemning the Syrian mortar attack on a Turkish border town after Western members revised a draft of the statement to accommodate some of Moscow's concerns.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Free_Pacific wrote:
Russia is only a voice in international affairs, as it has nuclear weapons. Every other reason, is historic and long gone. Only truly democratic blocks/states should have UN veto. i.e.. the US, the EU, Brazil, India. A pacific block could be possible if more cohesion was brought to bear there. After all, Australia and New Zealand have an economy the size of Russia (143m people), despite only having 30 million people. Add to that, the many other pacific islands (encompasssing 200 million indonesians, if they resolve Papua with a real referendum) and you get the picture. Russia is a relic, along with China (A mafia state) and the old powers of France and Britian are no different.

The U.N needs a severe shakeup and the Syrian crisis lays it all bare to see.

Oct 05, 2012 9:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Turkey a member of brokeNATO and pat of the called “Western axis of democracy” (haha) should :
a) respect UN resolutions that violates for 35 years and leave from occupied North Cyprus
b) accept the Kurdish independence instead of violates the human rights of Kurdish population

Then we can say that their policy has a meaning is not contradictory.

Russians have spoken once again and they say : Don’t faq with us bitchez!

Oct 06, 2012 6:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
oxen wrote:
Yes, Turkey kind of West’s puppet regime MUST not be allowed to continue to carry out some agenda that causes more turmoil. If China and Russia have to have any credibility in rest of the world,they should not be afraid to resist efforts of an unnecessary war some in NATO want to carry out like they did in Libya when they abused the UN mandate It is only a strong stand by Syria and its supporters that will curtail this chaos that is being orchestrated (through training/arming) from Turkey. Diplomatic/peaceful means must be the answer this time!

Oct 06, 2012 2:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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