US Urges Turkey to Cease Artillery Fire in Syria

© AFP 2023 / BULENT KILICTanks of the Turkish army shoot in the direction of Syria, near the Syrian border
Tanks of the Turkish army shoot in the direction of Syria, near the Syrian border - Sputnik International
The United States is urging the authorities in Ankara to end all artillery strikes on targets on Syrian territory, US Department of State deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the International Syrian Support Group met in Munich on the sidelines of the Security Conference held there. The session resulted in the adoption of a final communique that set a one-week deadline for measures to be implemented to end the hostilities in Syria.

"We urge Turkey to cease its artillery fire over the [Syrian] border."

Toner also added that the United States has no evidence that Turkey is preparing a ground military operation in Syria

"We have not seen any evidence that Turkey is preparing any kind of a ground offensive [in Syria]."

Turkey’s Actions in Syria Unlikely to Lead to Russia-NATO Confrontation

The escalation of tensions in Syria with the recent military actions by Turkey against the Kurds is unlikely to trigger Russia-NATO confrontation, Mark Toner also said.

Asked whether Ankara’s actions against Kurds in Syria may lead to NATO confrontation with Russia, Toner said, "No. Obviously, Turkey is an ally and a partner in the [anti-Daesh] coalition, but there has been no NATO involvement… There is no cause to see any concern."

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