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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kremlin Aide Urges Restraint on Kurds

Turkey should show restraint over Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, but its security concerns are understandable, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

"We stick to the position that, exercising its legitimate rights, Turkey should realize its responsibility as a regional state so as not to make things worse," Peskov told a news conference.

Russia hopes "Turkey will refrain from ill-considered steps," Peskov said.

Ankara has amassed up to 100,000 troops along its rugged border with Iraq and threatened a military incursion against thousands of Kurdish rebels who have launched attacks on targets inside Turkey.

The Soviet Union, keen to destabilize U.S. ally Turkey, offered political and financial support to Kurdish insurgents.

But post-Soviet Russia, which had to fight two bloody wars to end its own separatist rebellion in Chechnya, now looks more favorably on Ankara's efforts to end the Kurdish insurgency.