Turkey expects from the United States full support of the Syrian Kurds
ANKARA, Jan 24 — RIA Novosti. Ankara expects Washington’s full support for Syrian PYD (Kurdish party the Democratic Union) and YPG (defense forces of the Kurds), not unfulfilled promises, said a spokesman for Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin.
“Earlier, the US promised to leave the PYD and YPG positions in the Syrian Manbij. They gave many other promises but didn’t keep any of them. We expect the US to fully support the YPG and PYD”, — was quoted as saying by the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
He recalled that in November last year, the President of the United States Donald trump said during a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan that the United States will stop supporting the YPG and the PYD, after the elimination of the threat of ISIS*.
“Since then two months have passed but nothing has changed. Expectations Turkey specific and simple — stop supporting YPG and PYD. When this is done, we will offer to discuss the situation in Syria,” — said Kalin.
The General staff of the Turkish armed forces on 20 January announced the beginning of “operation Olive branch” against the forces of the Syrian Kurds in the Afrin. The Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim said Sunday the beginning of the ground operation in ‘ Afrīn. Simultaneously with Turkey, the militants of the “free Syrian army”.
Damascus condemned Turkey’s actions in ‘ afrīn, noting that it is an integral part of Syria. Moscow in connection with the situation in Afrin called on all parties to show restraint and to respect territorial integrity of Syria.