Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that the United States should take concrete steps to prove the end of support for Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), rather than rhetoric.
The statement was made amid the ongoing Turkish military offensive in the Kurdish-dominated Syrian city of Afrin, launched on January 20 and provoked, as Ankara explained, by the necessity for the country to protect its borders from a “terrorist army,” the new “Border Defense Forces,” comprising the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish YPG militias, trained by the US.
On the day the operation was started, Pentagon representative Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik that the US recognized Turkey’s concerns regarding the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), but called on all sides to avoid escalation and focus on countering terrorism.
In defiance of the opposition to the military advance by numerous members of the international community, Ankara claimed that it would continue the operation, extending it to Manbij. However, Turkey stressed that the offensive was not aimed against the Syrian government, calling the territorial integrity of Syria its mutual goal with Damascus.
Source: News Agencies