FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting, dedicated to the upcoming televised phone-in of Russian President Vladimir Putin with citizens, in Moscow, Russia June 19, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkey’s military operation in northeast Syria should not to damage the political process in the country and that Ankara’s actions there should be proportional.
Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, however, that Moscow respected Turkey’s right to defend itself. Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.