Ankara will launch a new operation and liberate northeastern Syria from Kurdish militias if they remain in the security zone bordering Turkey. This was announced by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, October 26, TOP-NEWS reports.
He recalled the agreements reached earlier with Russia to create a safe territory with a depth of 30 kilometers and a length of 340 kilometers.
“Then Russia and I will start joint patrols. If the territory is not cleared of terrorists within 150 hours, we will take up this process,” the head of state said.
Erdogan also threatened to open borders to Syrian refugees in Europe “does not keep its promises.” In addition, he reminded that the U.S. promised that Kurdish militias will withdraw from the border with Syria, but in reality, it never happened. Earlier on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the situation in Syria. The Russian side stated the need to refrain from steps that undermined the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to send Russian military police and Syrian troops to northern Syria, as well as to end the Turkish military operation “Channel of Peace.” The Russians should help the Kurds, who control the region, withdraw forces up to 32 kilometers from the border.