Russia tells UN Turkey was acting 'recklessly' in Iraq

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Posted: Dec 08, 2015 7:49 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's United Nations ambassador says he told the U.N. Security Council that Turkey was acting "recklessly and inexplicably" by sending troops across the border into Iraq without the consent of the government.

Vitaly Churkin told reporters after raising the issue at a closed council meeting on Tuesday that the Turkish action was also a reflection of the "lack of legality" in the aerial attacks in Syria by the international coalition without its consent.

He expressed regret that the council did not agree on Russia's proposal to issue a statement reaffirming the need to respect international law and sovereignty and calling for unity against Islamic State extremists.

Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that Baghdad and Ankara are working to solve the dispute bilaterally and "I think it's going very well."