BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:11 A.M.) – CNN Turk television quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying on Thursday that any Russian support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), as being a headache for Ankara.

Ankara recognizes the PKK as a terrorist group because of its decades long insurgency against the Turkish state as they seek greater autonomy for the Kurds of eastern Turkey.

“If the Self-Defense Forces [YPG] don’t leave Manbij we will deliver a strike against them. We have openly stated this. If Russia comes in support of the Self-Defense Forces in Manbij or in other place, it will become a problem for us,” the foreign minister stressed.

Advertisement

“However, if Russia makes effort towards clearing the territories of the Self-Defense Forces, we will support this,” the top diplomat added.

Share this article:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Rate Article (4.33 / 3)
ALSO READ  Kurdish forces cutoff key ISIL supply line in northern Syria
 
Deputy-Editor at Al-Masdar News, Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and Researcher at Western Sydney University. MA in International Relations. You can follow on Twitter: oulosP

Discuss - Status: Comment system is currently experiencing problems.

10 Comments on "Potential Russian support for the Kurdish YPG is problematic: Turkish FM"

Notify of
avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
miltiades
Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
miltiades
Rate Article :
     

hopefully, there is a problem for erdolf!

Daeshbags Sux
Member
Master
Upvoted
Rookie Mentor
Commenter
Daeshbags Sux
And there is upgraded S-200 and Pantsir to test for SAA while upgraded Mig-29 to test for SyAAF. Mig-29 was already more dangerous than F-16 in the 80’s on the condition facing F-16 in a short range engagement as the ’29 is more manoeuvrable, could shoot R-73 in its 6 hours and R-73 is better short range missile than Sidewinder but old school ’29, especially export ones, had poor mid-long range radar and avionics, poor situational awareness, very thirsty engines and no refuelling probe, well, these lacks had good reasons : export Mig-29 was sold $4.5M while export F-16 was… Read more »
Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Rate Article :
     

If the SDF leave Mandij and SAA is stationed there – the TA will attack the Syrians. They have already done so. Erdogan wants the land to build a pipeline and found a Turk satellite statelet after North Cyprus example.

Pete
Guest
Pete

Down with Turkey. Long live the freedom fighters of PKK.

Assad must stay
Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Assad must stay
Rate Article :
     

Unhappy with the americans, unhappy with the russian, unhappy with the germans…

Unhappy with eveybody. So with … HIMSELF :mrgreen:

Daeshbags Sux
Member
Master
Upvoted
Rookie Mentor
Commenter
Daeshbags Sux
““If the Self-Defense Forces [YPG] don’t leave Manbij we will deliver a strike against them. We have openly stated this. If Russia comes in support of the Self-Defense Forces in Manbij or in other place, it will become a problem for us,” the foreign minister stressed.” => Hope it’ll happens but… This moron should have noticed US have sent USMC. Wanna bet they’ll be deployed in Manbij area? USMC are not some SOFs or CIA Green Berets that have no official “existence”, they are totally legit US militaries… IMHO, if THK performs strikes against USMC, it won’t be a problem… Read more »
Floriangeyer
Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Floriangeyer

Good post Daeshbag and you never mentioned the galactic superiority of French military prowess once 🙂

Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted

Terroristas Turcos al mando de su jefe Erdogan amenazando al pueblo Kurdo dentro del territorio Sirio.
Rusia debe pedir retiro inmediato de sus tropas, ya ISIS fue vencido en la zona, Erdogan y sus mercenarios nada tienen que hacer en territorio Sirio.

lenin
Guest
lenin

One needs to see what Randy Orton did to Bray Wyatt to appreciate the nature of Russia’s ambivalence in this conflict. Do you think Putin will trust the Islamic Turks or the Christian Kurds?

Daeshbags Sux
Member
Master
Upvoted
Rookie Mentor
Commenter
Daeshbags Sux

PYD is an anarcho movement

wpDiscuz