The head of the defense Ministry of Turkey stated about the differences with Russia on the Syrian Kurds
ANKARA, February 22 — RIA Novosti. Moscow does not share Ankara’s position that the self-defense forces of Syrian Kurds affiliated with the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK), stated defense Minister of Turkey Fikri Işık.
“I heard the statement of the Russian side that Russia could work with Turkey on the (Syrian) Rakka… But as far as I can see, the liberation of Raqqa (from the banned terrorist group “Islamic state” — ed.) are now more interested in the coalition. Russia’s interests more in Aleppo and in the West of Syria. It is wrong to use the self-defense forces of Syrian Kurds in the fight against another terrorist organization. We explain to Russia that the Syrian Kurdish democratic Union Party is the same as the RPK, but I can’t say that we understand well,” said Işık at the TV channel NTV.
He added that the position of the new US administration on Syria closer to Turkish interests than the position of the administration of former President Barack Obama.