US National Security Adviser John Bolton spent 7 January in Israel discussing the US troop withdrawal, stating that the country’s forces would not leave Syria until Turkey agrees not to attack US-allied Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria and until the remaining Daesh* terrorists have been defeated.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has commented on Bolton’s call for Ankara not to undertake military operations in Syria without an agreement with the United States.
Erdogan has criticised US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s recent statement, saying he made a “serious mistake”, and that Turkey could never compromise on the issue of the Kurdish YPG militia.
“Bolton is making a big mistake, his statement is unacceptable. Terrorist organisations do not represent Kurds. Those who spread lies about Turkey killing Kurds in Syria are trying to play on the mood of the world community”, Erdogan said during his presentation to the parliamentary faction of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
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Erdogan underlined, addressing members of the AKP Party, that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia’s fight against Daesh was nothing but a huge lie.
As the Turkish president stated, Ankara could start operation in Syria at any moment after Bolton’s visit.
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