Turkey does not rule out clashes with Syrian army
1 Turkey — Syria
«The Turkish army will repulse the Syrian armed forces in case of a clash on the border of the two countries» — said an advisor of the Turkish President Yasin Aktay. According to him — the Syrian army “has no strength” to fight in north-east of Syria. «Syria needs to think before entering this region and “complicating the situation in there” — RIA NEWS reports. “If the Syrian army, which so far hasn’t been able to defeat the terrorist organization YPG, which seeks to divide Syria and create a separatist state, is preparing to fight the Turkish army, and is actually capable of it — then they can try” — said Yasin Aktay. He didn’t rule out possible clashes between the two armies in north-east of Syria. While commenting on the agreement of the Kurds with official Damascus, Yasin Aktay noted that it is a sign of a «hostility towards Turkey.» According to him, Turkey won’t accept the presence of Kurdish forces in north-east of Syria.
The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas didn’t rule out an introduction of measures against Turkey, aside from the cessation of arms exports, due to the military operation of Ankara in Syria. Earlier he announced that the German government won’t issue the permits for the new arms deals to Turkey because of the Turkish aggression against Syria. The decision to suspend the supply of arms to Ankara was also supported by France. Paris announced its intention to use possible diplomatic levers to end the Turkish offensive in north of Syria, and ensure the safety of its specialists in the region. «France will use diplomatic efforts in close cooperation with the partners in the international anti-terrorism coalition within the EU, the NATO, and the UN Security Council, in order to achieve an immediate cessation of the offensive operation, started by Turkey» — says the communiqué of the Champs Elysees.
At least 7 people were killed and 1,340 were injured during the anti-government protests in Ecuador that ended in clashes between the protesters and police — TASS reports. On 1st of October, the President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, signed a decree on the abolition of subsidies for the gasoline and diesel fuel, starting on 3rd of October. The fuel prices rose by more than 120% as the result. The country was swept by protests, which in some cities grew into riots. Moreno declared a state of emergency. The authorities of Ecuador have decided to cancel the decree that caused the nationwide protest. In response, the opponents of the governmental action agreed to end the protest.
Syrian troops entered the city of Ain Isa in the province of Raqqa, in the north of Syria. «The civilians meet the troops at the entrance to the city» — the Syrian news agency SANA reports. Earlier the Syrian army occupied the city of Tabka near the Euphrates Hydroelectric Station. They also took the military airfield nearby. Both settlements were previously controlled by the Kurdish formations of the »Syrian Democratic Forces». The Kurdish representatives announced an agreement with Damascus regarding the deployment of the Syrian government army along the border with Turkey. On the same day, the Syrian authorities sent troops to the north of the country, to counter Turkey. By that evening, the Syrian army entered the city of Manbij, which is controlled by the Kurds.