Following the fierce threats of US President Donald Trump, Turkey announced that it will continue its fight against the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG. Trump threatened Twitter on Sunday, saying the United States would "ruin Turkey economically if it attacked the Kurds".
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that Turkey will not be "intimidated". It was open to Trump's request for a "security zone".
Addressing the Kurdish popular defense units (YPG) has provoked fierce fighting between the United States and Turkey for years. Ankara sees the Syrian Kurdish militia as a threat as it is closely linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought the Turkish state for decades. However, the US is supporting the YPG with weapons and air strikes in the fight against IS terrorist militia in Syria.
Turkey has repeatedly acted militarily against the YPGs in northern Syria, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to launch a new offensive since mid-December. Shortly before Christmas, Trump surprisingly announced to withdraw all American troops from Syria, while Is's militia was defeated.
Resists the threats of Trump: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Photo: Keystone
In the meantime, he has relativized it again. His security adviser John Bolton has recently suspended the US withdrawal from Syria from Turkey's guarantees for the security of Kurdish militias.
Turkey wants to be impressed
For his part, Trump has threatened Turkey with "economic destruction" on Sunday if it were to attack the Kurds. He also called for the creation of a 30-kilometer "security zone". He did not provide details about their situation. The Kurds warned him not to "provoke" Ankara.
Turkish presidential advisor Fahrettin Altun then wrote on Twitter that Turkey "will continue its fight against terrorism with determination". Turkey was not "the enemy of the Kurds" and only the "terrorists" were targeted.
The long withdrawal of Syria begins, severely affecting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate, and from many directions. It will attack again from the existing close base if it will reform. It will destroy Turkey if it hits the Kurds. Create a safe area of 20 miles ….
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote to Trump that "terrorists can not be your partners and allies". There is no "difference" between IS and YPG.
Cavusoglu said that his country is not "intimidated" by "economic threats". At the same time, he was open to Trump's requests for the establishment of a "security zone" in Syria.
Turkey was not "against" a security zone, Cavusoglu said at a press conference with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn. He warned to look for a direct exchange instead of communicating via Twitter.
Outrage for the United States warning
Last week, the Turkish government was outraged by the warnings of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of a "massacre" of Turkey against the Kurds. Ankara repeatedly claims that the PKK and the YPG can not be equated with "Kurds" and that many Kurds would also reject organizations.
The Turkish lira fell by 1.3% against the dollar on Monday morning after Trump's threat of new sanctions to Turkey. Around noon, the lira was trading at $ 5.51 per dollar.
The lira crashed last August following the sanction by Washington of two ministers and punitive tariffs on some exports in the dispute over the detention of an American pastor in Turkey. (HVW / SDA)
Created on: 14.01.2019, 13:01 clock