Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at US National Security Advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkey’s non-aggression against the US-backed Kurdish militias in northern Syria amid the US planned drawdown of its troops in the country. He made the statement when addressing lawmakers in the Turkish parliament in Ankara on Tuesday.

Erdogan said, “We cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel.” He went on to say that “we will not compromise,” stressing that Bolton made a “serious mistake” after he said that the US would only pull out from Syria if Ankara vows not to attack the US Kurdish allies.

The Turkish president argued that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) “cannot be representative of my Kurdish brothers,” adding that “they [Washington] don’t know” who these groups are.

Bolton has been touring the Middle East, intended in part to reassure its allies amid the criticism over Washington’s decision to withdraw its troops from Syria. The US national security advisor had talks with Turkish officials on Tuesday; however, Erdogan reportedly refused to meet with Bolton.

Ankara designates the PKK as a terrorist organisation, also denouncing the PYD and the YPG, which it considers to be an arm of the PKK.

 

 

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Stern Daler
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2019-01-09 10:21

Seems Erdogan Sultan doubts that the US are serious about their pledges to their Kurdish allies. Historically, I’d say he is right, but one never knows whether the US and Bolton regarded their words as a red line.

Daeshbags-Sux
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2019-01-09 08:00

Erdogan is doing a serious mistake by testing the Yankees : ask Hideki Tojo, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and many others about it 😉

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2019-01-09 10:28
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, they can be nasty if their world leadership is questioned.

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Roald Paul Bentzen
2019-01-09 09:26

Why does the Turks support a “leader” like Erdogan? It looks to me that all of them remain at a sort of chicken stadium and never grow up.

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2019-01-09 10:27

@Roald Paul Bentzen, the alleged Gülen coup was his Reichstagsbrand.
I doubt that the Turk nation is responsible. But maybe some have an irresponsible trait. He promised Ottomania 2.0. Turkey must be the leader of the Ummah etc.