Turkey’s ambassador to Washington has threateningly called US support for the Syrian Kurds “a big strategic mistake”, adding that the US will regret it, but “it will be too late.”
Serdar Kilic, Turkey’s ambassador to Washington, has commented on the US support of the Syrian Kurds, calling it “a big strategic mistake”.
The diplomat threateningly added that “it will be regretted, but it will be too late.”
“The Obama administration had put NATO member Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, on an equal footing — an ally and a terrorist organization,” Serdar Kilic said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Washington has long seen the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its YPG military wing as its best chance in the battle against Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) in Syria — to the great irritation of Ankara, which sees the group as terrorists.
Turkey has shelled YPG positions inside Syria for four straight days, claiming the group threatens Turkish security.
US officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have condemned the Turkish attacks on the YPG.
Meanwhile, Turkey wants to create a secure zone 10km within Syria, which would include the town of Azaz, according to Reuters report.
Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan stated that thus Ankara wants to prevent attempts to change the demographic structure of the area”.
Earlier in February Turkey has summoned the US ambassador to the Turkish foreign ministry after a US State Department spokesman said Washington did not regard PYD as a terrorist organization.
On Tuesday, the UN Security Council urged Ankara to adhere to international law in Syria, following a closed door briefing requested by Russia. The meeting was called to address ongoing Turkish shelling of YPG positions across the Syrian border.