Turkey says Russia’s Kurdish ‘concern’ is ‘black humour'

Turkish Foreign Ministry slams Russia’s recent statement concerning Ankara’s security operations against PKK terrorist organisation in its southeast and eastern regions

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Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic speaks during a weekly press conference in Ankara in mid-December

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic has slammed Russia’s recent comments on Ankara’s security operations against the PKK terror groups in its southeast and eastern regions.

Bilgic dismissed the Russian criticism of Turkey’s operations against the PKK as being ''black humor” prompting the country “its own well-known record concerning democracy, the rule of law, and human rights,” in a reply to a question regarding the statement during a press conference on Dec. 31.

Russia has been “causing worldwide indignation with its direct and indirect warfare in the neighbouring countries of Ukraine and Georgia openly violating international war,” the spokesman pointed out.

However,  the same country has been trying to give Turkey a lesson of human rights at the same time when it is “supporting a sanguinary dictator [Bashar al Assad] in his grave crimes against humanity with all the political and military means,” Bilgic stated.

He also drew attention to the fact that Russian air forces have actually been conducting numerous bombardments leading to reportedly hundreds of civilian deaths in Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry had previously released a statement saying that “It has anxiously been following the security operations of the Turkish government in the provinces of its southeastern region where a sizable Kurdish population lives.”

In response to the PKK attacks, Turkish security forces have recently stepped up efforts against the terrorist organisation launching an extensive internal security operation in order to scatter the network of the PKK groups.

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 200 security officers in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its eastern and southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters in Ankara. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.

Turkey and Russia have been deaaling with high-level political tension since the country shot down a Russian fighter jet over an air space violation in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border on Nov. 24.

TRTWorld and agencies