- Title: Erdogan says Turkish-led offensive to extend further along Syrian border - wrap
- Date: 13th October 2019
- Summary: RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SPEAKS AT INTERVIEW ABOUT SYRIAN SETTLEMENT AND CONSTITUTION SOCHI, RUSSIA (RELEASED ON OCTOBER 13, 2019) (RUSSIAN POOL) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SPEAKING DURING INTERVIEW WITH RT, SKY NEWS AND AL ARABIYA JOURNALISTS SKY NEWS ARABIA JOURNALIST, MOHANNAD KHATIB, LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: (BEGINS ON PREVIOUS SHOT, PART OVERLAID WITH SHOT OF INTERVIEW IN PROGRESS) "Everyone who is illegitimately on the territory of any state, in this case the Syrian Arab Republic, must leave this territory. This applies to all states. And if the future legitimate Syrian government that Russian military presence is no longer needed - this concerns the Russian Federation also. Naturally." PUTIN SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: (PART OVERLAID WITH SHOTS OF JOURNALISTS LISTENING) "The first stage (of the Syrian crisis resolution) is to work on the main law of the state, the constitution. (It should be) amendments to the constitution, or a new constitution. But without doubt, the interests of all ethnic and religious groups must be secured. People must understand that they live in their own country. And they are well protected by their state and its law." INTERVIEW IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 27th October 2019 14:51
- Keywords: Syrian Kurdish militia Syrian National Army urkey funeral Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Pope Ras Al Ain Syria military operation Tel Abyad
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C. UNITED STATES / INTERNET / SOCHI, RUSSIA / BEIRUT, LEBANON / DERIK, SAID TO BE HASAKA, TEL ABYAD, SYRIA / VATICAN CITY / ISTANBUL, TURKEY / TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C. UNITED STATES / INTERNET / SOCHI, RUSSIA / BEIRUT, LEBANON / DERIK, SAID TO BE HASAKA, TEL ABYAD, SYRIA / VATICAN CITY / ISTANBUL, TURKEY / TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
- Country: Various
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA006B0XKFGN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES
THIS VIDEO IS A HIGHLIGHTS WRAP OF MATERIAL THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN MOVED. IT DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY FRESH MATERIAL
Turkey's incursion into Syria will stretch from Kobani in the west to Hasaka in the east, going some 30 km (19 miles) into Syrian territory, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (October 13), and the town of Ras al Ain was already under Turkish control.
Addressing a news conference in Istanbul, Erdogan said the Turkish-led forces had also besieged the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, west of Ras al Ain, in its fight against the YPG Kurdish militia, which Ankara says is a terrorist organisation.
Pope Francis pleaded for an "honest and transparent" solution to the border crisis in Syria. In his noon address after a canonisation ceremony in St. Peter's Square, Francis expressed concern about the fate of people "forced to abandon their homes because of military actions", including many Christians.
Turkey now faces threats of possible sanctions from NATO ally the United States unless it calls off the incursion. Two other NATO allies, Germany and France, have suspended arms exports to Turkey. For its part, the Arab League has denounced the Turkish offensive as an "invasion of Arab land."
More than 130,000 people have been displaced from rural areas around Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain as a result of the fighting, the United Nations said on Sunday.
(Production: Mert Ozkan, Dato Chkhikvishvili, Paul Warren, Mehmet Caliskan, Yesim Dikmen, Ayat Basma, Deniz Uyar)
- Copyright Holder: POOL (CAN SELL)
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2019. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None