The Russian embassy in Turkey strengthened security measures after threats against the ambassador
Turkish authorities have stepped up measures to ensure the security of the Russian embassy in connection with threats to Ambassador Alexei Yerkhov due to the aggravation of the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib. This was announced on Friday by TASS press officer of the Russian diplomatic mission Irina Kasimova.
"Yes, indeed, the situation has recently worsened. In connection with this, at our request, the Turkish authorities have taken additional security measures," she said.
According to Kasimova, some are threatening with the words: "Ambassador, do not go to the streets of Ankara." “We understand that the people who write this are unlikely to go to kill, that they thereby throw out their anger. But we nevertheless have to reckon with this,” the press attaché added.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy on Friday in an interview with TASS in Ankara assured that Turkey was taking all necessary measures to ensure the security of Russian diplomatic missions in the republic.
The Kremlin also expressed confidence that Turkey will ensure the safety of absolutely all the Russians working in this country. "As for the situation around our ambassador, around the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Turkey, we have no doubt that the Turkish side will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the Russian ambassador and all employees – all up to one employee – Russian companies, Russian foreign agencies located in Turkey in accordance with the Vienna Convention, as well as in accordance with the spirit of our bilateral relations, "said Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov on Friday.
Answering journalists' question whether the Kremlin would recommend the Russian Foreign Ministry to issue a message that Russian tourists should not visit Turkey now, Peskov emphasized: "At present, there are no indications in this direction." At the same time, the Kremlin representative noted that this issue should also be addressed to the foreign ministry.
Earlier, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Alexei Yerkhov said that he received threats due to the aggravation of the situation in Idlib. The diplomat noted that recent events in the Syrian province have caused anti-Russian hysteria in Turkish social networks.
"Here's an escalation in Syria. I agree: very painful events and troubled days. First Russian officers, then Turkish soldiers died. But look at what a monstrous whistle began in social networks. I don’t want to, but I will quote some of the sayings." Goodbye to life, " No one will mourn you, "" It is time for you to burn "and all that jazz," Yerkhov said in an interview with Sputnik Turkey.
According to him, a similar situation was already five years ago due to the situation in Aleppo.
“How did it end? The“ airplane crisis ”and the villainous assassination of Ambassador Andrei Karlov. By the way, I myself have been directly threatened,” the ambassador added. “And so, does history really teach nothing to anyone?”
Yerkhov also noted "the bloodthirstiness of some authors of blogs and posts, anger and hatred, sometimes discouraging themselves and even the ability to reason logically," RIA Novosti reports.
“But the second thing, in my opinion, is even more dangerous: it’s an absolute reluctance to understand the partner, his logic of actions, to heed his words and take for granted the right of another to his own point of view, different from your vision of what is happening. This kind of attitude can turn into a big disaster, "concluded the diplomat.
The situation in Idlib has sharply deteriorated due to the active military operations conducted by the Syrian army to take control of the last province of Idlib, where armed groups of the Syrian opposition still remain. The situation is complicated by the fact that the military of the Russian Federation and Turkey are also located in Idlib, which previously concluded an agreement on the delimitation of the opposing forces. At the same time, Ankara supports the armed opposition, and Russia – Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The other day it was reported that as a result of the shelling in Idlib, both Russian military experts and more than ten Turkish soldiers were killed.
In response, the Turkish army attacked more than 120 targets related to the Syrian army. The Turkish Ministry of Defense also announced the "neutralization" of dozens of Syrian military. In Ankara, they added that they sent additional military forces to Idlib.