According to media reports, armed Turkish military vehicles crossed into northeast Syria on Sunday to begin planned joint US-Turkey patrols.
Turkey disagreed with the US ‘at every step’ while negotiating the establishment of a ‘safe zone’ in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, as quoted by Reuters.
“We are negotiating with the U.S. for the safe zone, but we see at every step that what we want and what they have in mind is not the same thing,” he said. “It seems that our ally is looking for a safe zone for the terrorist organization, not for us. We reject such understanding,” Erdogan said.
Earlier on Sunday, the Turkish Defence Ministry announced that Turkish and US armed forces started their joint patrols in a safe zone in Northeastern Syria.
“As a part of efforts to create a safe zone in the north of Syria to the east of the Euphrates, the Turkish and US military have started joint ground patrols using transport vehicles and drones to the south of Akcakale, on the Syrian side,” the Defence Ministry said.
The ministry added that six Turkish armoured vehicles also participated in patrols.
Syria condemns joint US-Turkish patrols in border strip in northeast Syria and says it is “flagrant violation” of the country’s sovereignty, according to an official statement.
Damascus believes that “this step is aggression and is aimed at prolonging the crisis in Syria,” the Syrian foreign ministry said in a…