Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey is ready to conduct a military operation in the North of Syria and to include in its control area, the cities of Manbij and raqqa in order to prevent the emergence there of a Kurdish state. The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the “Izvestia”.
According to the Turkish President, Ankara is ready to go on such measures “at the slightest threat.”
“Now in Syria are negative processes. If it leads to the emergence of threats to our borders, we will respond in the same way as during the operation “shield of the Euphrates”,” — said Erdogan newspaper.
In addition, Erdogan expressed regret that countries that are strategic partners of Ankara, “acting together with terrorist” organizations of the Kurdish “democratic Union Party” (PYD) and its military wing “of the people’s protection Units” (YPG).
We are talking about the United States that train and equip the armed forces of the Syrian Kurds to use them in the fight against terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia), the newspaper said.
Also “news” indicate that Erdogan’s statement has caused serious concern in Russia and the United States. Moscow will try to avoid a major war between Turkey and Kurds, the newspaper notes.
The operation “Shield of the Euphrates” was held by Turkish armed forces on the territory of Syria from August 2016 to March 2017. The main goal of the mission — the elimination of the adjacent territories of the militants and the liberation of the occupied settlements. Also before the military was tasked to oust from the border areas of the Kurdish militias and the creation in these territories of a security zone.