Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu warned European leaders that the offensive south of the Syrian city of Aleppo, as well as attacks in the area by Islamic State militants, could "cause another wave of refugees".
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini took a cautious position on Russian intervention in Syria, compared to the critical tone of a communiqué of the Union’s foreign ministers adopted today (12 October).
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Turkey on Saturday (10 October) to "stand united" against terrorists and all threats against the country after an attack on a rally in Ankara killed up to 128 people.
The United States and NATO denounced Russia on Monday (5 October) for violating Turkish airspace and Ankara threatened to respond, reporting two incursions in two days and raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.
Russia and the United States agreed on Monday (28 September) to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war, but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power.
Russia appeared to seize the initiative in international efforts to end the conflict in Syria on Sunday (27 September) as Washington scrambled to devise a new strategy for the war-ravaged country and France sent warplanes to bomb Islamic State targets.
Turkey's prime minister will tell world leaders next week that Ankara can play a key role in stopping a spread of terrorism, including Islamic State, but expected understanding for its own battle against Kurdish militants.
The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies.
The flow of European fighters from Europe to territory held by the ultra-hardline Islamic State is drying up due to tighter restrictions imposed by European states that have prevented would-be jihadis from travelling, fighters from the group said.