World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has requested for a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the attacks on the Turkmens in neighboring Syria, according to sources in the prime minister's office said, days after Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador in protest over "intensive" bombing of villages.
According to a report in Reuters, Ankara has traditionally expressed solidarity with the Syrian Turkmens, who are Syrians of Turkish descent. It has also repeatedly voiced concern about Russian military support for its longtime foe, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey is currently in discussion with the US and Russia over the bombing of the villages and has sent a letter to Britain, the current holder of the council's presidency, asking for the subject to be taken up, the sources said.
The sources said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had consulted on the intelligence dimension of the issue with the armed forces chief and the head of the national intelligence agency.
Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu had also discussed the matter on the telephone with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, they said.
Turkey summoned Moscow's ambassador on Friday and called for an immediate end to the Russian military operation near its border in northern Syria, which it said included "heavy bombardment" of Turkmen civilian villages.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Kasım 2015, 10:27