While Turkey threatens to resume its offensive in northern Syria if all Kurdish fighters do not leave, Moscow has expressed its disagreement with this Turkish intention, reports Al Jazeera.
According to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ankara has indicated that it will launch a new offensive in north-eastern Syria if the country does not get rid of the Kurdish YPG militia. According to the public news agency Anadolu, quoted by Cavusoglu, Russia and the United States had not met the requirements of the agreements that ended the Turkish offensive last month and called on both countries to honour their commitments, reports Al Jazeera. “Have they fulfilled all that was necessary under the agreements? No, they haven’t yet, but they should,” Cavusoglu said.
Russia said it was dismayed by Erdogan’s new threats of intervention. Russia’s freezing reaction to them reflects the emerging tensions in Syria between Moscow and Ankara less than a month after President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached an agreement to deploy Russian and Syrian forces in northeastern Syria to return YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey, Al Jazeera said.