Friday, 16 November, 2018

Turkey summons top U.S. envoy over Syrian Kurds

EU fails to 'fully understand' Turkey’s challenges Erdogan Calls on Putin to End Northern Syria Attacks by Regime Forces
Glenn Montgomery | 13 January, 2018, 04:00

According to a Turkish diplomatic source, the ministry "voiced its reaction and concerns in this regard, also asking them to convey the information to the [Syrian] regime in order to make it stop such actions".

Ankara was annoyed with the Syrian Army's operations in the Idlib region and called Iran and Moscow diplomats to the foreign ministry to protest over the violation of "the non-conflict" agreement.

Ankara believes Washington is continuing to provide heavy weapons to the YPG even though the fight against ISIL is nearing an end.

But in a major potential obstacle for Sochi, Turkey says it will oppose any talks involving the Syrian Kurdish militia the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terror group.

Effedili said Turkey, Iran, and the regime forces would be happy to take back SDF-controlled areas. "Iran and Russian Federation", warned Cavusoglu, "need to carry out their responsibilities".

The Turkish president told his Russian counterpart he should stop Syrian attacks on its opposition in northern Syria if he wants peace negotiations to succeed.

Furthermore, the offensive could lead to collapse of Astana process and eventually the hardly established cease-fire in de-escalation zones.

On January 6, two Russian bases in Syria were attacked by unmanned aircraft (drones).

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, spearheaded by the former al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria that was known as the al-Nusra Front, is mainly dominating in Idlib.

Russia's relations with Turkey have suffered a blow due to the latest developments in Syria. "We clearly understand that, and therefore we will show solidarity", Russian media quoted Putin as saying. "This puts Russian Federation against Turkey more frequently", according to Deniz Zeyrek, daily Hurriyet columnist.

Turkey has summoned US Chargé d'Affaires Philip Kosnett to the foreign ministry, Anadolu reports.

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