Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Washington Support to YPG

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Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Washington Support to YPG

The Turkish foreign minister noted that Damascus could not have made big military advances without the active support of Russian Federation and Iran. The regime is advancing inside Idlib.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had warned Russian Federation and Iran to adhere to their joint accord signed with Turkey a year ago for announcing "de-escalation zone" in Syrian town Idlib.

Russia, Iran and Turkey are supposed to be the guarantors of last year's accord but Moscow and Tehran appear bent on reneging on their role to de-escalate fighting in the area, home to almost 2 million Syrians, to serve their own agenda.

"What I am seeing here is the use of the presence of al Nusra and HTS as an excuse to attack civilians and the moderate opposition", he stated.

He said that Washington should understand that PYD and YPG do not represent all ethnic Kurds of Syria.

Turkey on Wednesday called on Russian Federation and Iran, the two chief allies of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, to halt an air offensive on the rebel-held Idlib province near the Turkish border.

Ankara and Moscow have many times not been seeing eye to eye on Syrian conflict since they have different interests in the region. Turkey also sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and believes it is waging an insurgency against the Turkish state.

A previous attempt in November to convene talks in Sochi failed due to disagreements between the prospective participants. They gave no details of Ankara's concerns. The Russian embassy in Ankara did not issue any comments.

For the Russian part, Russia's Defense Ministry said its forces run in Hmeymim base in Syria repelled a series of drone attacks Saturday. Iran has its own strategic goals in "finishing off" what remains from the opposition forces in Idlib.

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