Weekend Reads: Russia warns that a Turkish land operation in Syria could lead to an "increase in terrorist activities".

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The Russian Government warned Thursday that a Turkish land military operation against Kurdish groups in the North of Syria could lead to "an increase in terrorist activities", following the threats of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"We understand Turkey's concerns about the threats to its national security, but we also think that a land operation on Syrian territory will only increase tensions in the region and lead to an increase in terrorist activities" said spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

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She pointed out that Moscow "maintains close contact with Turkey on the situation in Syria" and argued that the best way to solve security problems is a direct dialogue between Ankara and Damascus, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

Erdogan pointed out Wednesday that the new bombing campaign against Kurdish groups in Iraq and Syria "is only the beginning" and reaffirmed that Ankara would launch land operations "when it deem it appropriate". He also declared that he did not exclude herself with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, to approach the situation.

The Turkish operation, baptized "sword claw", was launched after the November 13 attack in Istanbul, which left six dead and which Turkey is attributing to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). However, both the group and the SDFs dissociated themselves from the attack and expressed their condolences to the victims.

For its part, Russia is one of the main international supports of the Syrian president, and his military intervention in 2015 allowed government forces to repel the advances of the rebels and take up the initiative on the battlefield.

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