Countries respond to Turkey’s military actions in Syria

Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President's envoy for Syria, on Tuesday called Turkey's military offensive in northeast Syria "unacceptable.

Lavrentiev said Turkey-Syria border security should be handled by the Syrian government army. He said he hopes Turkey's military campaign will not affect the Syrian Constitutional Committee's first meeting, which is scheduled for October 29.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne warned that Turkish military actions in Syria may bring the Islamic State there back to life and seriously harm the Middle East security. She said any action that may benefit ISIS is a threat to Australia. 60 Australian women and children, families of Islamic State fighters, are trapped in a camp in north-eastern Syria.

The UK will stop issuing export licenses for weapons that might be used during military operations in Syria, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said. Czech Republic will do the same, Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on his Twitter account.

German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz criticized US President Donald Trump for not joining efforts to place sanctions on Turkey, adding that the EU is discussing measures to end military tensions in Syria.

NATO said the Turkish military campaign in north-eastern Syria will set back the fight against ISIS.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned down US President Donald Trump's offer to act as an intermediary for a ceasefire agreement in Syria. Erdogan said Turkey is not worried about US sanctions and will only halt its military actions when it has totally eliminated all terrorists in the border area.

Source: VOV5