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A new Turkish military operation in Syria, which may be carried out against members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), will not be directed against the territorial integrity of this country, the statement issued by Turkey's National Security Council said, TASS reported.

"Turkish Armed Forces operations carried out or planned on the country's southern borders are not directed against the territorial integrity of neighboring states and are necessary to ensure national security. The meeting focused on the expansion of security zones in northern Syria, and a comprehensive assessment of a possible new cross-border operation against terrorists in the region was also carried out," the Hürriyet newspaper quoted the Security Council statement as saying.

The Council also noted that Ankara "invariably follows the spirit and laws of alliances in international alliances and expects the same responsibility and sincerity from its allies." "Ankara calls on countries that violate international law by supporting terrorism to end such practices and address Turkey's security concerns," the Council added, referring to Sweden and Finland, which Turkey currently opposes joining NATO.

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