BREAKING: Lavrov Says Russia Has Evidence of Turkish Troops in Syria
Erdogan is playing a dangerous game in northern Syria
Reuters is reporting that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Ankara of sending troops to Syria -- and that Moscow has proof:
Russia has evidence that Turkish troops are on Syrian territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview broadcast on Sunday, accusing Turkey of a "creeping expansion" on its border with Syria.
The comments by Lavrov are the latest confrontation between Moscow and Ankara, after Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border in November.
"Turkey has started to declare it has a sovereign right to create some safety zones on Syrian territory," Lavrov told Russian television channel Ren-TV. "According to our data, they have already 'dug themselves in' several hundred meters from the border in Syria. ... It's a sort of creeping expansion."
The presence of Turkish troops in northern Syria could also create numerous scenarios which could drastically escalate the conflict.
With Syria now trying to navigate a fragile ceasefire, Turkish troops are the last thing that the region needs.