The Russian Defense Ministry named the main factor that contributed to the development of the crisis situation in the north-west of Syria, where the Turkish military launched a military operation against the Kurds.
The military department noted that the development of the crisis was facilitated by "provocative steps by the US aimed at isolating areas with predominantly Kurdish populations," RIA Novosti reported.
"Extremely negative reaction of Ankara was caused by Washington's statements about the creation of" border forces "in neighboring areas with Turkey and other actions of the Americans on the collapse of the Syrian statehood and the support of armed groups of militants," the Ministry of Defense informed.
Recall, on Saturday, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of the operation "Olive Branch", directed against the formation of Kurds in Syrian Africa.
Moscow was concerned about the information about this and urged the opposing sides to "show mutual restraint." The Ministry of Defense reported that the command of Russian troops in Syria took measures to ensure the security of servicemen in Africa.
As noted by the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich, in the conditions of Ankara's operation, the military conflict between Turkey and Syria is almost inevitable.