Turkey warned about the possibility of “complete destruction” of relations with the US

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu criticized the United States on Monday, February 12, because of their current policy in Syria. According to the head of Turkish diplomacy, the US authorities “deliberately stopped” the fight against the terrorist group DAESH (“Islamic State”, ISIS), using this “as a pretext”, not to sever military ties with Kurdish militants in the north Syria, as required by Ankara. This is reported by the Associated Press agency.
Communicating with journalists in Istanbul, the Turkish minister blamed the US military for leaving “enclaves” in the east of Syria with the ISIS militants, thus justifying the continuation of its close ties with the Kurds.
Chavushoglu criticized the United States ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Turkey this week.
According to the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the relations between the two countries are now going through a “critical stage”, and the Turkish authorities expect the US administration to take “concrete steps” in order to “restore Ankara’s confidence.”
“Either we will improve relations (with the US), or these relations will completely collapse,” the Turkish Foreign Minister stressed.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused US counterpart Donald Trump on February 6 that the United States is not fulfilling the promises to withdraw Kurdish forces from the Manbij area in the north-east of the Syrian province of Aleppo. “(Barak) Obama deceived Turkey on the issue of Kurdish militants in Manbije. Unfortunately, Trump follows the same path, ” the Turkish leader said.
According to Erdogan, Trump told him that the Kurds “can not stay there (in the region of Manbije) and will go to the east of the Euphrates.” “He acknowledged that the true masters of Manbige are the Arabs. But what he promised was not fulfilled, “Erdogan said.
Earlier, the head of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces (CENTCOM), General Joseph Votel, pointed to the lack of plans on the part of the American side to withdraw its military from Manbige.
The Turkish military-political leadership in January warned about the beginning of the operation in the area of this settlement against the local Kurdish militia. The contingent of US military in the north of Syria, where they support the Arab-Kurdish alliance “Syrian Democratic Forces” (led by the Kurdish “Self-Defense Forces”, YPG) in the fight against the terrorist group ISIS, has about 2 thousand soldiers and officers. About how many of them are deployed in the area of Manbijah, the US command in the region does not talk much.
Speaking to the leadership of the ruling Justice and Development Party on January 26, the President of Turkey announced plans to expand the military operation in the Syrian region of Afrin further east, up to the border with Iraq. According to the Turkish leader, the zone of military operations against the Kurdish militants will soon cover the areas adjacent to the city of Manbij. The military operation should be expanded to the east of Syria, until there is “no terrorist left on the border with Iraq,” Erdogan said.
Recall, on January 20, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish militia which controlled Syrian Afrin region in the north-western part of Aleppo province, whose goals were “protecting the borders of Turkey, ensuring security and stability in the region.”
Official Ankara considers all the military and political structures of the Syrian Kurds to be “terrorist organizations”.

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