Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced he is ready to conduct a new military operation in the north of Syria to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state there.
“Situation in Syria now is unfortunately characterized by predominantly negative trends. If this threatens our borders, we will react immediately in the way as we did it during the Euphrates Shield operation,” stressed Turkish leader.
Erdogan also expressed regret that Ankara’s strategic partners are clearly collaborating with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey accuse of terrorism.
In particular, the Turkish president in his statements tried to reproach the U.S. who train and equip the armed groups of Syrian Kurds.
Erdogan, in addition, stressed that so far there has been no real reason for cooperation between the U.S.-led international coalition and the Kurdish forces. Turkey, he says, repeatedly expressed a desire to recapture Raqqa and Manbij, but the will to help was ignored by the Western partners.
The seriousness of Turkey’s intentions is confirmed by the recent air strikes carried out by Ankara at the positions of the Kurds. The last case of clashes between the opposing sides, according to Reuters, occurred on June 28.
The Turkish military once again stated that Kurdish Self-Defense Forces (SDF) had shot at the positions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in northern Syria using large-caliber machine guns. Such actions became the pretext for the Turkish Armed Forces to open fire on the Kurdish formations.
Erdogan’s statement has already caused serious concern on the part of the United States. The White House clearly intends to prevent a big war between Turkey and the Kurds, while the latter are used by the Americans as cannon fodder. At the same time, Washington is not going to negotiate with Ankara. It is likely that the US will have to resort to its favorite tools, such as economic and political pressure on the parties of the conflict. It looks like there is no consensus in the NATO alliance.
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