Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Friday warned that Turkey, conducting an offensive in northern Syria, would not be able to contain droves of fleeing militants from the extremist group Islamic State.
“Kurdish troops control areas in northern Syria where Islamic State militants are kept”, Mr Putin told a meeting of leaders of former Soviet countries during a visit to Turkmenistan.
A transcript published by his office said as Turkish forces attack those Kurdish troops, the Islamic State militants will be able to run away.
“I am not sure whether the Turkish army will be able to bring this under control.
“I posited that fleeing militants from Syria could regroup in the Balkans, South-East Asia and the former Soviet region,” Mr Putin lamented.