Ankara, 27 Safar 1434/9 January 2013 (MINA) – Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu would meet Russian officials regarding latest developments regarding the Middle East, particularly in Syria, according to Anadolu News Agency report received by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) Wednesday (9/1).
In a statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Sinirlioglu will come together with high-level Russian officers on Wednesday (9/1) and Thursday (10/1) upon an invitation by Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
The statement said that Sinirlioglu would meet the Russian officials regarding latest developments in the region and in particular in Syria.
Turkish diplomatic sources have said Sinirlioglu would also travel to the United States next week. Until this information revealed, there is no further information about its purpose.
On June 22, 2012, the Government of Syria led by Bashar Al Assad said their air force shot down a Turkish F-4 aircraft in Syrian airspace. The plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, near the border.
On June 24, 2012 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed, Turkish aircraft shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles from Syria.
A day later, spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry Jihad Makdissi said in a press conference in Damascus that Turkish aircraft which flight illegally was shot in Syrian airspace zone and then crashed in Syrian territorial waters.
On June 28, Ankara sent a convoy of about 30 military vehicles, including trucks loaded with missiles to the Syrian border as a precaution.
The civil war in Syria who entered its 22th month got hotter between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and by Bashar Al Assad who continue attacking civilians, which is according to the UN made at least 60,000 civilians died.
FSA is the main of Assad’s opposition that has been active during the civil war in Syria. Its formation was announced on July 29, 2011 in a video released on the internet.
FSA leader Colonel Riad al-Asaad announced in August 2011 that FSA will work with demonstrators to bring down the entire system led by the Assad regime. (T/R-010/R006)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)