ANKARA, - Turkey's military operation in the north of Syria, should be undertaken with the authorisation of the United Nations or Damascus' consent, Russian Ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, said.
"We understand the causes for the Euphrates Shield operation, led by Turkish armed forces in Syria. The perpetrators of the horrible terror attacks in Turkey, in the majority of cases came from Syria," Karlov said in his speech, at the Turkish private Atilim University.
"However, there is one 'but.' In accordance with the norms of international law, such operations should be conducted with the authorisation of the UN, or with the consent of the country where the operation is being carried out," he stressed.
"This requirement was not respected, and we regret for that," the ambassador said.
The Turkish army launched a cross-border Euphrates Shield Operation on Aug 24, along with the U.S.-led coalition, in Syria's northern border-town of Jarablus, to clear the area of the Daesh.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said, both Daesh and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), threatened Turkey from northern Syria and neither terror groups nor their supporters stood a chance against the unity and solidarity of Turkey.
The Euphrates Shield was the first air operation Turkish army launched in northern Syria, since the downing of a Russian jet on Nov 24, 2015.
Source: Nam News Network