Ankara: There are no Turkish troops in Syria, these are local self-defense forces


Today’s statement of the head of the Ministry of Defense of Turkey İsmet Yılmaz have brought a smile to faces of many people who followed the development of Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Foreign observers have noticed that the Turkish defense minister explicitly parodied the statements of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the occupation of Crimea, and the Donbass war.

Yesterday Russia accused Turkey of sending its troops in Syria.

The Syrian authorities have informed Russia that 12 pickup trucks equipped with machine guns have crossed the Syrian-Turkish border and entered the territory of Syria. According to the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there were about 100 armed fighters in the pickups.

Today, a rebuttal from Turkish Defense Minister was issued. İsmet Yılmaz said that there are no Turkish troops in Syria, and neither Russia, nor Syria have provided any evidence of that.

Although his message did not contain words “militia” and “bought weapons in a military store”, the rhetoric has clearly reminded of the statements of Russian Foreign Ministry about the absence of Russian troops in the Crimea and Donbass.