The Turkish army is “the greatest power” against those who want to besiege the country via terrorist groups, he said, in his address after a fast-breaking meal for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
He added that Turkish soldiers made history with two previous successful counter-terrorist operations in Syria since 2016, Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch.
A mission east of the Euphrates River, which Erdoğan has been suggesting for months, would- like its predecessors- be meant to eradicate the presence of YPG- the Syrian offshoot of the illegal PKK- and ISIL near Turkey‘s borders.
PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.
In the meantime, Turkish and Russian foreign ministers discussed Syria via telephone on May 8, according to a Turkish diplomatic source.
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu offered his condolences to Sergey Lavrov for a deadly plane crash on May 6 when a Superjet-100 plane with 78 people on-board, traveling from Moscow to Murmansk, caught fire soon after take-off and asked for an emergency landing. At least 41 people were killed.
Hurriyet Daily News