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Russia Considers Turkey's 'Invasion' in Northern Iraq Illegal

Sputnik News

21:36 13.12.2015(updated 21:47 13.12.2015)

Moscow sees Turkey's deployment of troops into Iraq territory an "unjustifiable" and "illegal invasion" of a sovereign state.

ROME (Sputnik) – Russia believes that Turkey's actions in northern Iraq are an illegal invasion, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Sunday.

"We believe that what is happening in northern Iraq is illegal actions of Turkey, as it is an invasion of the territory of a neighborig state, and on such a scale that it is hard to justify with arguments about preparation, training and so on. So we are concerned about it," Gatilov told reporters.

According to Gatilov, such Ankara's actions add to the "diffuclt and intense" situation in the Middle East region.

On December 4, 2015, Turkey deployed about 150 troops and 25 tanks to a base in the Nineveh province of Iraq, without Baghdad's approval. Allegedly, the move was made to train Kurdish militia fighting against Daesh.

Iraq rejected the claims saying that Turkey's military presence was not requested and authorized, and filed a complaint with the UN Security Council demanding an immediate withdrawal of the troops.


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