Putin: Turkish operation in Syria threatens to revive Daesh threat

Putin Says Russia to Develop Missile Strike Systems Able to Penetrate Any Missile Defense Russian Ministry of Defence

Putin Says Russia to Develop Missile Strike Systems Able to Penetrate Any Missile Defense Russian Ministry of Defence

Where will they [the militants] go?

Syria must be freed from foreign military presence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.

Turkey's assault is created to clear Kurdish-led forces from a buffer zone on the Turkish-Syrian border.

"I'm not sure whether the Turkish army will be able to take this under control - and how soon", Putin said in televised remarks on a visit to the Turkmen capital Ashgabat.

But while Ankara claims its operation is an anti-terrorist one, the worldwide community is anxious that the assault will leave Kurdish troops unable to guard some 12,000 ISIS fighters being held in detention facilities in northeastern Syria.

The Russian head of state added that according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff, there are hundreds if not thousands of militants in the area. "This is a real threat for you and me", the Russian president stressed. "Where will they go? We should understand what things are like there and muster our intelligence resources to thwart this new threat", Putin said, addressing other CIS leaders.

"These will cover various areas, including agriculture, the railway sector, the fertilizer sector, the petrochemical sector and so on", RIA Novosti news agency quoted RDIF's Chief Executive Officer Kirill Dmitriev as saying.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman attend a welcoming ceremony ahead of their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia October 5, 2017.