The Turkish leader said the fires were intentional, as occurred simultaneously in several places located close to each other. «We are carefully investigating the causes of the fires. If there are those who did it they will be punished», said the Turkish president.
In favor of the Russian sabotage is the fact that on July 31 in a forest near Antalya, located near one of the fires, Turkish police detained two Russian tourists.
Police and anti-terrorism officers check the tourists.
Kurdish separatists - the «Children of the Fire», which have claimed responsibility for arson in Turkey, may also be involved in the arson. However, the Turkish secret services have doubts about the involvement of the organization «Children of the Fire», believing their statement will try to hide the real criminals.
Today, Russia is the Kurds' main ally on the international arena. Earlier this year, Russian diplomats intensified informal contacts with the top Kurdish separatists. Against the background of the aggravation of Russian-Turkish relations, the Russian side may benefit from any center of instability in the Republic of Turkey.