Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu criticised Russia’s policy on Syria on Tuesday, saying that ‘’Syrian lands will not be part of Russia’s imperialist plans.’’
Speaking in an AK Party group meeting, Davutoglu called on Russia ‘’Why do you bombard innocent civilians in Aleppo and Idlib under the cover of the fight against DAESH?’’, referring to the constant Russian air strikes in the region.
Syrian people are our brothers and sisters; we will stand against those who victimise them, he said.
Davutoglu added that ‘’ Russia should give up its Soviet lies and approach other nations with friendship and respect. Syrian lands will not be part of Russia’s imperialist goals.’’
We have seen such massacres before in Bosnia and similarly all those who were killed and injured in the most recent airstrikes in Syria were civilians, he also said.
Davutoglu said ‘’Ninety one percent of Russian air strikes did not target DAESH forces, instead moderate opposition groups were attacked by Russian jets.’’
Since Sept. 30, the Russian Air Force has been conducting airstrikes in Syrian territory.
Although Russia initially stated that its campaign would primarily target DAESH positions, reports from opposition forces on the ground and the US-led coalition against DAESH show that the airstrikes are mainly targeting Syrian opposition groups fighting against the Assad regime, which has been making advances on the ground against the opposition since Russia began its intervention.
In recent days, human rights groups have published several reports concerning foreign air strikes that have violated the rules of engagement by striking civilians in Syria.
SNHR published a new report last week and said that during the Russian attacks, 583 people, including 570 civilians, had been killed since September 30.