Haddad: Turkey’s Operation in Afrin Is Blatant Violation of Syria's Sovereignty

MOSCOW- Turkey’s operation in northern Syria’s Afrin is a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad told reporters on Wednesday.

"Speaking about Turkey’s aggression in Afrin, this is a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty," the ambassador stressed, according to Itar Tass.

 On January 20, the Turkish General Staff announced its launch of so-called “Operation Olive Branch” against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces armed coalition that enjoys US support.

Riad Haddad also told reporters that he had no information about Syrian government forces being present in Afrin.

"I have no information about the current presence of the Syrian army in Afrin," he said.