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Turkey rules out unilateral ground intervention in Syria

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Turkey rules out unilateral ground intervention in Syria

<p>Turkey is shelling Kurdish militia in Syria, but it has ruled out any unilateral ground intervention there.</p> <p>It comes as Russia asked the UN Security Council on Friday to call for Syria’s sovereignty to be respected – over concerns about a Turkish ground operation.</p> <p>“Turkey will not be going into Syria with the boots on the ground if it is not a collective action, either by the Security Council resolution or by the international coalition that we are a part of,” said Turkey’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Halit Cevik.</p> <p>In a telephone conversation on Friday, Ankara said that President Barack Obama told his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey had a right to self-defence, and expressed worries over advances by Syrian Kurdish militias near Turkey’s border.</p> <p><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/19/readout-presidents-call-president-recep-tayyip-erdogan-turkey">The White House says</a> he also urged Turkey to show restraint.</p> <p>A White House statement said: “President Obama stressed that <span class="caps">YPG</span> forces should not seek to exploit circumstances in this area to seize additional territory, and urged Turkey to show reciprocal restraint by ceasing artillery strikes in the area.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Obama calls Erdogan to discuss Ankara attack, Syria <a href="https://t.co/Giz5x3nWti">https://t.co/Giz5x3nWti</a> <a href="https://t.co/7aMHeE1Sp4">pic.twitter.com/7aMHeE1Sp4</a></p>— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) <a href="https://twitter.com/anadoluagency/status/700785667446444033">19 Février 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>