(ARA News) Rıza Altun, member of the Executive Council of the PKK*-led KCK**, has heavily criticized the policy of Russia and suggested that Russia wants to use the Turkish enmity towards Kurds to condemn Syrian Kurds to Damascus’ domination and rule.
“There is only one reason behind Russia’s tactic and them pushing Turkey into Rojava [Syrian Kurdistan]. They want to use Turkey’s enmity towards Kurds to condemn them to Assad’s rule. That is their policy. This is a very dangerous policy and Russia definitely needs to give up on it,” he said.
“Russia is in an unclean tactical relationship with Turkey, on the basis of the conflict they have with European and American presence in the Middle East and Russia’s alliance with Syria and Iran,” Altun told ANF.
“They are also thinking of integrating the SDF [Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces] into the regime by Turkey’s force. In fact, I don’t think the latest attack [by Turkey against Syrian Kurds] was carried out without Russia’s knowledge. I think Russia allowed such an attack. Like the US hit the regime, Russia could have hit the YPG headquarters via Turkey and taken their revenge,” the senior PKK official said.
However, he warned Russia that this will not work. “First, threatening Kurds with Turkey is a great delusion. They won’t achieve any results other than exposing themselves. Like they fought for the last 40 years, the Kurds will continue their fight against the Turks from now on as well,” he said.
“Second, strategically it’s a big mistake. The Kurds want a federal and democratic Syria. The Kurds who have this demand are a native people, they are not an external force or an extension of one,” Altun said.
“They [Russia] brought Turkey in and made them enter Jarablus and Bab, and now they say they will do the same for Efrin. So, will Turkey offer them their gratitude and just go back? When one thinks of it strategically, we are faced with a horrific thing. Unfortunately, pragmatic and tactical politics can lead to destruction of strategy for short term interests. There is such a danger right now,” he added.
The PKK official warned Russia about trying to hand over the Kurds to Syrian government. “They may be greatly disappointed in the future. Bringing Turkey in is deepening the crisis, the chaos and the insolubility. Turkey stepping in like this may risk Syria fragmenting even deeper. Russia’s role is also key here. When they say they want to hand the Kurds over to the regime, they have to risk losing themselves, along with the regime,” he concluded.
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*NB: Kurdistan Workers Party (Kurdish: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, PKK)
**NB: Kurdistan Communities Union (Kurdish: Koma Civakên Kurdistan, KCK)