Turkey tells Russia it will respond to destabilizing moves in northern Syria

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Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu in a call on Tuesday that Turkey would respond to moves aimed at disrupting stability in northern Syria, his office said, as Ankara gears for talks with Moscow ahead of an expected offensive in the region.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced two weeks ago that Turkey would soon be launching new military offensives into northern Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

Russian and Turkish foreign ministers will hold talks in Ankara on Wednesday.

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Akar told Shoigu that “the necessary response will be given to actions aimed at disrupting the stability achieved in the region and the presence of terrorists in the region is not acceptable,” Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

It said Akar also “reminded that previous agreements on this issue need to be adhered to.”

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