The US Department of State and Russia have both urged de-escalation in Syria to protect civilian life, and called on Turkey to show restraint regarding the strikes on Syrian territory.
Russia and the United States both shared written statements about Turkey’s recent air raids on north and east Syria.
The Department of US State expressed its sincere condolences, on 21 November, for the loss of civilian life in Syria, and in Turkey.
“We urge de-escalation in Syria to protect civilian life and support the common goal of defeating ISIS. We continue to oppose any uncoordinated military action in Iraq that violates Iraq’s sovereignty,” the official statement read.
Washington opposes Turkey’s operations, asserting that a major incursion will disrupt stability in the region.
US Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Ventura confirmed that the Pentagon “continues to oppose any military action that destabilises the situation in Syria or violates Iraq’s sovereignty through military actions uncoordinated with the Iraqi government.”
“These actions threaten our shared goals, including to continue the fight against ISIS and make sure the group can never resurge,” added the Colonel.
“We have urged Turkey against such operations, just as we have urged our Syrian partners against attacks or escalation,” another Washington spokesperson said.
Moscow also called on Turkey to show restraint in light of the strikes on Syrian territory saying that Turkey had not notified Russia in advance about the air operation in Syria and Iraq, reported Sputnik News.
Russia and the United States were the two guarantor countries of ceasefire agreements made in 2019 between Kurdish forces and Ankara, after Turkish offensives into northeast Syria at the time.
Russia’s special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said that an attempt should be made to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.