Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hangzhou.AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sept. 5 that the Turkish military operation in Syria was no surprise to Russia.
"As for surprises, we have the foreign ministries and special services working to this end, so that we could have less surprises," the Russian president said at a news conference after the G20 summit. According to him, Moscow "understood what was going on, where the things were coming - as the movement and objective are visible.
"The problems Turkey was facing over the Syrian events were also visible," the Russian leader said.
"We see all this very well and generally speaking, this comes as no surprise to us," Putin said.
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