Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, in a press conference, that Turkey is in talks with Russia to use the airspace in northern Syria, in a possible military operation against the “SDF” forces.
“We are in talks and discussing with Russia about all issues, including opening airspace,” Akar said during a press conference, in response to a question about whether the potential ground operation against the “SDF” in northern Syria is still ongoing, according to Reuters.
Commenting on a previous announcement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the possibility of holding meetings at the ministerial level after the stage of contacts between the Syrian and Turkish intelligence, Akar explained that “everything that must be done is done in accordance with the order to protect the rights and interests of our country, and there are contacts within this scope as well.” .
Akar stressed that Turkey conveys the necessary messages to all parties and continued: “We conducted and manage our affairs and negotiations within the framework of our sovereignty and independence. We have done and are doing everything we need to do to protect our borders and keep our people and our nation safe…no one should expect any leniency from Turkey in this matter.”