Moscow is confident that Ankara will ensure the safety of all Russians working in Turkey, including the Russian ambassador Andrei Erokhov. This was announced by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. Earlier, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Alexei Yerkhov said that he began to receive threats in social networks in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib. The diplomat recalled that several years ago a similar situation led to a crisis in relations between the countries and the assassination of Ambassador Andrei Karlov.
The Turkish authorities strengthened the security of the Russian embassy in Ankara because of threats to the Russian ambassador Alexey Erkhov. This was told by the press officer of the diplomatic mission Irina Kasimova.
Earlier, Alexei Yerkhov told that he began to receive threats in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib.
The diplomat noted that the escalation of the situation in the province led to an increase in the number of anti-Russian comments on local social networks.
“Look at what a monstrous whistle-blower began on social networks. I do not want to, but I will quote some of the statements. “Farewell to life,” “No one will mourn you,” “It is time for you to burn up,” and all that jazz, ”Yerkhov told Turkey in an interview with Sputnik.
The ambassador recalled that five years ago the situation was similar arose because of the escalation in Aleppo.
“How did it end? “Aircraft crisis” and the villainous murder of Ambassador Andrei Karlov. By the way, I myself have already been directly threatened. And so, does history really teach anyone nothing? ”The diplomat added.
Yerkhov drew attention to the“ bloodthirstiness ”of the authors of some comments, and also reminded that reluctance to understand the partner and the logic of his actions can turn into a big disaster.
“The situation has actually worsened recently, and in connection with this, at our request, the Turkish authorities took additional security measures,” Irina Kasimova told RIA Novosti.
In turn, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Pesk Ov expressed confidence that Ankara would ensure the security of Andrei Erokhin and all Russians working in the country.
“We have no doubt that the Turkish side will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the Russian ambassador in accordance with the Vienna Convention, and also in the spirit of our bilateral relations, ”he said.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead in the evening 12 December 2016 of the year in Ankara, during a speech at the opening of the photo exhibition Application «Russia through the eyes of the Turks.” The attacker was eliminated on the spot. It turned out to be 16 – a summer policeman from Ankara, Mevlut Merth Altıntash, according to some Turkish media, dismissed from the organs after the July armed rebellion in Turkey. According to other sources, Altyntash was an acting police officer at the time of the crime. It is also reported that he entered the exhibition with weapons using his official identity card.
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On the same day, the Main Directorate for the Investigation of Particularly Important Cases of the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal investigation into the death of Andrei Karlov. The murder of a diplomat was classified as an act of international terrorism (article 253 of the Criminal Code).
The Idlib de-escalation zone is the last major area controlled by terrorist organizations. To resolve the situation in this region, Russia and Turkey agreed on joint actions, including the creation of observation posts and joint patrols. However, militants in the region do not comply with the ceasefire and are attempting to launch an offensive on the positions of Syrian government forces. In addition, terrorists carry out attacks on civilians and the military base of Khmeimim.
As the Russian Foreign Ministry noted, a sharp deterioration in the situation began in December 2019 of the year due to the capture of Idlib by the Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist organization *.
“The count of dead and wounded among Syrian troops and civilians outside the de-escalation zone went to hundreds . Russian and Turkish military specialists were tragically killed. Attempts to attack the Russian Khmeimim airbase with the use of shock drones do not stop, “the department noted.
In turn, the head of the Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties, Yuri Borenkov, said in just three days – 10 – 16 January 2019 of the year – in as a result of attacks by militants, about people) died. Borenkov added that during the indicated period, fighters fired at peaceful settlements times), as well as 12 times the government troops attacked.
On February 3, Ankara reported about the death in Idlib of eight Turkish military and civilians as a result of shelling by the Syrian army. According to the Turkish authorities, as a result of the Turkish response, the Syrian soldiers died 29.
After that, February of the Ministry of Defense Turkey also reported the deaths of five soldiers in Idlib. In response, as reported by the Turkish military, the Turkish Armed Forces fired upon 100 targets of the CAP army and “neutralized” 76 of the Syrian military.
The head of the Central Military Command Station Yuri Borenkov noted that the operation The Syrian government’s army in Idlib became a forced decision because of Ankara’s inability to fulfill its obligations to create a demilitarized zone along the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also stated that Russia remains committed to the Sochi memorandum and I am prepared to continue cooperation. However, according to her, the Turkish side “chronically” does not fulfill its obligations.
“Hayat Tahrir al- Sham ”(“ Jabhat Fath al-Sham ”,“ Front al-Nusra ”,“ Jabhat al-Nusra ”) – the organization was recognized as terrorist by decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation from 29.) 10. 253.