"As a result of the Turkey's takeover of Afrin, up to 250,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been forced to leave this area," said the head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation among the warring parties in Syria under the Russian Defense Ministry.
During the operation of the Turkish armed forces, "Spring of Peace," more than 135,000 from the Kurdish majority left their permanent areas of residence."
"The numerous statements and criticisms of the leadership of Syria and Russia by representatives of the Turkish Republic, European countries and the United States about the millions alleged influx of refugees, and the humanitarian crisis as a result of the worsening situation in the escalation zone in Idlib, are unfounded."
"During this period, local residents confirmed the information that was recorded that nearly 35,000 people had left the areas of hostilities and moved to Turkey (families of the armed men of the terrorist groups, Hayet Tahrir al-Sham).
The Russian accusation against Turkey comes after escalating differences and tensions between the two sides over the escalation in Idlib.
Turkey occupied the areas of Afrin, Serêkaniyê and Tel Abyad after the understandings it reached with Russia and the United States during the Astana meetings.