Ilnur Cevik, an adviser to Turkish President Erodgan, said on Monday at a conference dubbed “Relations Between Turkey and Russia: From Tensions to Boosting Cooperation,” that Turkey would not have carried out its “successful” operation against ISIS in Al-Bab without Russia’s support.

The conference was arranged by the Daily Sabah newspaper and the Turkish government’s Department of Press and Information.

“Without Russia’s support, we would not have been able to conduct a successful operation in al-Bab,” he said. “If some other country was carrying out this operation, it would not have been successful.”

“The support of the Russian aerospace force made its success possible,” Cevik stressed.

“The Turkish troops have been advancing towards the Euphrates, the operation goes on,” he went on to say. “We are doing everything possible in order to prevent any contradictions with Russia.”