The Russian Defense Ministry said it has observed “a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish armed forces for active actions on the territory of Syria.”
Ankara responded by saying it has the right to to protect its security and accused Russia of diverting attention from its own “crimes” in Syria.
“They are simply diverting attention from their attacks on civilians as a country already invading Syria. Turkey has all the rights to take any measures to protect its own security,” said a senior official in Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office.
A source told Reuters that Syrian troops, backed by Russian warplanes, are closing in on Aleppo, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the Turkish border. A source said Iranian fighters are playing a crucial role in the siege on Aleppo.
“Qassem Soleimani is there in the same area,” said the source, referring to the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) elite Quds force who is responsible for overseas operations.
Full article: Russia suspects Turkey is preparing for incursion into Syria (World Tribune)