Turkey denies backing Syrian opposition in Kesab

ANKARA - Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday allegations that Turkey is providing support to opposition forces in Kesab by letting them use its territory or through other means during the country's conflict are "totally unfounded and untrue."

"We consider the efforts of such circles and the developments in the Kesab region and the painful incidents of the past as a confrontational political propaganda attempt and particularly condemn it," said a statement from the ministry.

Remarking that Turkey is one of the most affected countries of Syria's three-year civil war, the ministry said that the country is continuing to eliminate threats against its national security "as was the case on 23 March," when the Turkish armed forces downed a Syrian military jet for violating its airspace.

Turkey has also been sheltering around 800,000 Syrians and has now "in accordance with its humanitarian and conscientious responsibility notified the relevant U.N. bodies that Syrian Armenians residing in Kesep region could be admitted into Turkey too where they will be guaranteed protection," the ministry concluded in its statement.

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