President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that during the operation in the Afrin was shot down by Turkish military helicopter, RIA Novosti reported, citing Hurriyet.
According to the information received, the helicopter was shot down over the border with Syria, the Turkish province of Hatay. Erdogan said that terrorists «will pay dearly» for that.
January 20, Turkey has started in the North of Syria «operation Olive branch». Its purpose was announced the expulsion of Kurdish militias from the border zone. However, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has described Turkey’s actions as aggression, stating that he is ready to give a response.
The clash dealt a blow to the so-called Astana process in which a significant portion of Syrian territory was declared a zone of de-escalation, and the maintenance of order it was the duty of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani urged Turkey to stop military operations and withdraw its troops from the territory of Syria. He stressed that the reason for the invasion may be only the request of the legitimate government of Syria.