Russia Behind Syrian Kurds’ Failure: Salih Muslim

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Basnews –ERBIL – The Syrian Kurds have accused Russia of negotiating a secret deal with Turkey against them, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) founder and former co-chair, Salih Muslim, has said.

“Our hopes from the Russians were different,” Muslim said, as quoted by Star and Strips newspaper. “When they came into Syria, we were expecting them to put some pressure on the regime to accept a political solution.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin intervened in Syria’s civil war and took Bashar Assad’s side in 2015, while he has urged Turkey to ease its relations with the Syrian regime, a move which could be risky for the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish forces as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which is designated as a “terrorist organization” by Ankara.

Turkey therefore has repeatedly threatened to attack them sooner or later, while the US has already announced it will withdraw its forces from Syria.

The United States backed the Syrian Kurdish forces in the war against the Islamic State (IS) in the past few years.

“At least for one or two years, they will stay,” Muslim said. “If there are Americans or the international alliance, it means it will be more safe. They prevent attacks or air strikes by Turkey.”

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