US trying Turkey’s patience - Erdogan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the US is trying Turkey’s patience by supporting and arming terrorists from the YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units) and the PYD (Kurdish Democratic Union Party).
Erdogan noted that Turkey is not a state that will quietly observe the events taking place at its borders, Turkish media reported Jan. 11.
The president noted that Turkey has the right and the necessary forces to expand military operations in Syria against YPG and PYD terrorist groups.
On Jan. 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the main disagreements between Turkey and the US are related to the fact that Washington is arming the Syrian wings of the PKK - PYD and YPG - and has not yet fulfilled Ankara’s demand on extradition of the leader of FETO terrorist organization.
Earlier, Cavusoglu said the country doesn’t rule out a new military operation against YPG and PYD in Afrin. On Oct. 25, 2017, President Erdogan said that a new military operation may be held in Afrin.
Turkey has been moving military equipment to its border with Syria since June 21, 2017. Military equipment is being deployed in Turkey’s south-central province of Kilis, which borders Syrian territories controlled by the YPG and the PYD.
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