Cavusoglu names main causes of discord between Turkey and US

Cavusoglu names main causes of discord between Turkey and US

Cavusoglu names main causes of discord between Turkey and US

Ankara consider them as a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

The People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, is seen by the U.S. as the most effective ground partner for the US-led coalition fighting ISIL in Syria.

Ankara believes YPG fighters are linked with Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, responsible for waging armed campaign since 1984 causing death to more than 40,000 people.

Turkey on Wednesday called on Russian Federation and Iran, the two chief allies of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, to halt an air offensive on the rebel-held Idlib province near the Turkish border. The Russian newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, an official body of the Russian Ministry of Defence, reported that the drones had taken off from the Muazarra region of Idlib that is controlled by Turkey and where Syrian opposition forces are based.

Russia, Iran and Turkey are supposed to be the guarantors of last year's accord but Moscow and Tehran appear bent on reneging on their role to de-escalate fighting in the area, home to almost 2 million Syrians, to serve their own agenda.

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The official also pointed at the fact that fresh conflict in northern Syria could trigger more displacement on its southern border. The Russian embassy in Ankara did not issue any comments.

Turkey has accused the Syrian government of using the presence of the Nusra Front, which now fights under the banner of the Tahrir al-Sham alliance, as an excuse to attack civilians and moderate opposition groups.

Russia's relations with Turkey have suffered a blow due to the latest developments in Syria.

"Firstly, these are provocations aimed at the collapse of the earlier reached agreements. We clearly understand that, and therefore we will show solidarity", Russian media quoted Putin as saying. "This puts Russian Federation against Turkey more frequently", according to Deniz Zeyrek, daily Hurriyet columnist.

"We shared our concerns about the USA giving armed weapons' training to members" of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party's (PYD) militia with the United States charge d'affaires Philip Kosnett, Turkish foreign ministry sources said.

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