Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Syria

  • Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Syria

Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Syria

Recalling that Ankara was not able to build dialogue with the US because of Washington's support to Syrian Kurdish militia, Turkey's leverage in Syria would weaken if it also looses cooperation with Russian Federation, he said.

Ankara says YPG fighters are linked to Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, who have waged an armed campaign since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

The YPG is the main element in a force that Washington has assisted with training, weapons, air support and help from ground advisers in the battle against ISIS.

The YPG has received arms shipments and training from the USA, in a move that angered Turkey which considers the Kurdish forces to be a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

It has repeatedly condemned Washington's support for the YPG.

Wednesday's move was not the first time Turkey has announced its displeasure with the USA about the issue.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also in the past called the USA arming of the YPG "a mistake". They gave no details of Ankara's concerns.

Ankara has therefore called on Russian Federation and Iran, and rightly so, to cease and desist from their active and open aggression and military involvement in the fighting in the Idlib province and summoned their ambassadors in Ankara for this goal.

Ambassadors of the two countries were called in to express Ankara's displeasure over the continuing attacks in Idlib.

It will be remembered that most of the opposition forces have been relocated to Idlib after being forced to withdraw from other parts of the country.

"Russia and Iran must stop the Syrian regime".

The three countries had agreed past year to establish a "de-escalation zone" in the opposition-held Idlib province and surrounding region, which borders Turkey.

Syrian regime's forces have increased military operations recently to impose control over Idlib and the Eastern Ghouta, the last two rebel bastions in Syria. "Iran and Russian Federation", warned Cavusoglu, "need to carry out their responsibilities".