Ankara is watching whether Washington will send additional weapons to the militia of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization, said Turkish cabinet spokesman Bekir Bozdag on Monday in an interview with Turkish TV news 24 TV.
US President Donald Trump on Friday’s telephone conversation with Turkey’s head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the Turkish leadership, assured Ankara that Washington did not give more weapons to YPG. But the White House press office on Saturday said Saturday that Trump promised Erdogan the “rearrangement” of military assistance to Syrian counterparts.
Bozdag described Trump and Erdogan as a turning point on Monday. At the same time he emphasized that Trump’s announcement was “worthless” if he did not follow suit. The United States should collect weapons previously sent to YPG, “she said.
Ankara also views YPG as a terrorist organization in Southeastern Turkey since the 1989 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed uprising and fears that the strengthening of the Syrian Kurdish militia would revive the secessionist aspirations of more than ten million Kurdish people in Turkey. Erdogan has repeatedly repeatedly denounced that Washington sent “about 3500 trucks” of weapons to YPG in Syria against the Islamic State (IA).
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