Turkey threatens to resume operation in Syria

The Turkish Foreign Minister said that Russia and Kurdish militias are not complying with the terms of the agreement.
Turkey may resume military operations in Syria, as Russia and Kurdish military groups do not adhere to the agreements reached. This was announced on Monday, November 18, by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.”If we do not get the desired result, we will do what is required, as we did before. There’s no other way. We must eliminate the threat of terror in our neighborhood,” he said. Turkey believes that, contrary to the agreements, not all formations of the Kurdish YPG group have completely left the border region.

On November 1, Turkey and Russia began joint patrols near the Turkish-Syrian border. Joint patrols of the Syrian-Turkish border are carried out in accordance with the memorandum between Russia and Turkey signed by the presidents of the two countries on October 22, 2019, in Sochi.

Under the agreement, fighters from the Kurdish YPG group were due to leave the 30-kilometer security zone by October 29. Russia says the agreement has been implemented.

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On October 9, the Turkish army launched an operation in Syria, “Source of Peace” against the YPG. Ankara considers the group an ally of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey has stated its intention to establish a security zone in northern Syria and resettle up to 2 million Syrian refugees who are currently in Turkey.

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