Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Turkey’s actions in the region reduce the effectiveness of the cessation of hostilities in Syria.
The Russian official made the remarks at a news conference with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Moscow.
Lavrov said Russia was aware of the Turkish army’s actions in the Iraqi territory as well as their shelling of Kurdish militants in Syria from the Turkish soil.
“The actions of Turkey in fact undermine these efforts – undertaken with the approval of the United Nations Security Council – both on the ceasefire, and on humanitarian aid deliveries, and on the start of a political process,” the Russian foreign minister stated.
The new round of indirect peace talks on the crisis in Syria is underway between the Damascus government and the foreign-backed opposition in Geneva, Switzerland.
The negotiations are taking place as a ceasefire has stood since February 27. The truce does not apply to the Takfiri Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists.
Turkey has been shelling the positions of fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its affiliate, the Democratic Union Party, also known as the PYD, in the northern parts of Syria over the past few weeks.
Ankara regards the YPG and PYD as allies of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.