Erdogan says Turkey expects US to keep promises, not stall Syria truce deal
Turkey expects the United States to keep its promises and not use stalling tactics in a deal between the NATO allies for Ankara to pause its offensive into northeastern Syria while the Kurdish fighters it is targeting withdraw, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.
Ankara and Washington agreed on Thursday to a five-day truce in northeastern Syria to allow the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to withdraw from a “safe zone” that Turkey aims to establish.
Erdogan has said the offensive will resume if the withdrawal is not complete within the five days.
Speaking at an event in Istanbul, Erdogan said he had told the European Union countries and the US delegation with which he struck the deal that Turkey would resume the operation if the deal faltered.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani also known as Ain al-Arab, during talks in Sochi next week
Turkey’s Syria campaign serves Erdogan’s electoral ambitionsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presents his latest cross-border operation into northeast Syria as a move against “oppressors and ... news
Turkey, Russia to discuss removal of Kurdish-led forces from Syrian citiesTurkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi ... Middle East
Turkey urges US to use ‘leverage’ to ensure Kurdish force pulloutTurkey on Saturday urged the United States to use its “leverage” over Syrian Kurdish forces to ensure an orderly pullout under an ... Middle East
Turkey accuses Syrian Kurd forces of violating truce, SDF deniesTurkey on Saturday accused Kurdish forces of violating an agreement to suspend its Syria offensive if they withdraw from a “safe zone” ... Middle East