“In light of the plans announced by Turkey to conduct a military operation in northeastern Syria, Vladimir Putin called on the Turkish partners to carefully weigh the situation so as not to damage the overall efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis,” the Kremlin’s press service said.

Both sides noted the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and respect for its sovereignty.

Erdogan announced the start of the Turkish Armed Forces operation in Syria.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry of the Syrian Arab Republic condemned Turkey’s plans to launch a military operation against Kurdish organizations in the north-east of the country.