Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman has confirmed that an accidental strike by Russian aircrafts killed Turkish soldiers.
The Kremlin spokesman has also confirmed that the Russian President Vladimir Putin extended condolences to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan concerning the incident according to a report by Sputnik.
The Turkish General Staff earlier today announced the death of three Turkish soldiers through an accidental strike by the Russian Air Force. 11 other soldiers were wounded in the attack in northern Syria. The soldiers were supporting Syrian soldiers in an attempt to recapture the city of al-Bab from ISIS terrorists.
According to Peskov, Russia and Turkey are set to jointly investigate the accident.
Putin is said to have informed Erdogan that the incidence was as a result of lack of coordination on coordinates during the strikes in Syria.
During the phone conversation between the two leaders, it is reported that they agreed to the expansion of coordination between their countries in the effort to better collaborate their operation against Daesh militants.
The accidental fatal strike of the Turkish soldiers has also been confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the ministry, the target of the Russian airstrikes had been Daesh terrorists located near the al-Bab area.
Peskov has also said that the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Army, General Valery Gerasimov held a telephone conversation with Gereal Hulusi Akar of Turkey.
… General Valery Gerasimov expressed condolences to … General Hulusi Akar in connection with the death of three Turkish soldiers operating in the area of the city of al-Bab as a result of unintentional strike by a Russian aircraft.”
In the conversation, the operation of both countries in Syria against the Daesh terrorists was also discussed.
Turkey has been on an offensive to push terrorist militants and Kurdish fighters from the Turkish southern border and has captured the western outskirts of the city of al-Bab.