Turkey has denied that Russian warplanes hit targets in Syria’s northwestern Idlib upon its request following the June 13 mortar attack on a Turkish observation post in the region.
According to the Anadolu Agency, Ankara’s Ministry of National Defense said in a statement released on June 14 that these claims “does not reflect the truth.”
While the Anadolu Agency and the Turkish defense ministry attributed these claims to “media outlets,” the real source was an official statement by the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
In the official statement, the Russian ministry said that the mortar attack was carried out by militants stationed in Idlib, and not the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as Turkey had claimed. The ministry also revealed that its warplanes hit four militants’ positions in the aftermath of the attack upon an official request from Ankara.
“The close cooperation between the Russian and Turkish leadership in the fight against terrorist groups in Syria will continue,” the Russian statement reads.
Four Turkish soldiers were injured in the mortar attack, which also damaged facilities, equipment and materials inside the post.
The attack was the fourth of its kind in the last two months. However, this was the first time Turkey accuses the SAA and even vows to response, if the attacks continue.