The success of Turkey’s possible military operation on the eastern shore of the Euphrates river in Syria will depend on coordination with the US, which can change position at any time, Ozturk Yilmaz, the deputy chairman of the Turkish opposition party said.
“If it is well coordinated with the United States, it will have some effect, of course. At least [it will cut] this area of 550 kilometers [342 miles] and will block the corridor… from the East of the Euphrates River up to the Kurdish area,” Ozturk Yilmaz, the deputy chairman of the Turkish opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) responsible for foreign relations, told Sputnik on Tuesday, adding that “the United States is not stable in terms of its policy as it “can twist its words and twist its actions anytime.”
According to Yilmaz, Trump can “change his words” and “the White House as always may get back from its position,” however, the media reports state that the US President “gave the blessing to the operation in the Eastern part of the Euphrates River.”
The lawmaker suggested that the aim of the United States in Syria was to “create an Iraqi type of government” there as well as to protect the Kurdish enclave, which could become an autonomous region.
“Turkey’s intention is also very clear. Not to allow this corridor which president Erdogan calls a “terror corridor” to gain ground in the future of Syria. This is also a security matter for Turkey,” Yilmaz underlined.
The lawmaker’s comments come after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously announced that Ankara is ready to launch an operation east of the Euphrates River in Syria against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is a part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the SDF controls large territories in northeast Syria.