“It’s correct that we have taken precautions to protect our border. If there’s any circumstance across the border that threatens Turkish security, orders to act have been given,” Davutoglu said late on July 2.
“Nobody should have the expectation that Turkey will enter Syria tomorrow or in the near term,” he, however, noted, as he described such assumptions as “speculative” in an interview with private Kanal 7 channel.
Speculations have mounted recently, particularly since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would “never allow” the formation of an autonomous Kurdish state in Syrian territory, Hurriyet daily news.
Consecutively, pro-government newspapers have trumpeted suggestions of an intervention, including the creation of a 110-by-33 kilometer “buffer zone” or “safe zone” in Syria’s Jarablus region, now controlled by the Islamic State (IS).
“If anything occurred that were to threaten Turkish security, we wouldn’t wait for tomorrow, we would go right in. But it’s wrong to expect that Turkey would undertake such a unilateral intervention in the immediate term if there is no such risk,” Davutoglu said.
Early this week, the U.S. State Department said it had no “solid evidence” that Turkey was considering a buffer zone in Syria, adding that such a move would have “serious logistical challenges.”
Officials in Ankara, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Turkey was in the end unlikely to act alone.