Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced Wednesday that Turkey “will do what is necessary for its security”, adding that “the United States and Russia are responsible for the cross-border attacks by the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that an attack attributed to Ankara’s Washington-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG) that killed two Turkish policemen was “the straw that broke the camel’s back”, and that Ankara was determined to eliminate threats from northern Syria.
Cavusoglu pointed out in a press conference in Ankara that the United States and Russia failed to fulfill their commitments to ensure the withdrawal of People’s Protection Units from the Syrian border area and that American condemnations of the attacks on Turkey were not sincere because Washington was arming the YPG .
And last Saturday, the Turkish foreign minister called on the United States to “abandon its wrong policies”, commenting on US President Joe Biden’s decision to extend the “state of emergency to Syria” and his criticisms of Ankara.
The Turkish minister touched on the aforementioned decision and the sentences addressed to Turkey and stated: “In fact, Washington does not tell the truth when it sends a letter to Congress or provides information to the American people”.
He pointed out that Washington provides great support to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, indicating that this constitutes a crime under US law.
He considered that the purpose of the American presence in Syria “is not fighting ISIS”, adding: “We fought against ISIS”.
He claimed that the US foreign policies, especially in Syria and Iraq were “taken without a plan or forecast”, explaining that the effects of those unplanned policies are manifesting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He said Washington “supports a separatist terrorist organization that is trying to divide Syria”, referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units.
Most recently, Biden decided to extend the national emergency declared on Syria on October 14, 2019 for another year.
Biden accused Turkey of “undermining anti-ISIS efforts” through its military operations against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.
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