Russia is not fulfilling its obligations under the agreement with Turkey to ensure security in Syria, concluded in Sochi in 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. His words on Monday, November 21, are quoted by the Turkish English-language edition of the Daily Sabah.
According to Erdogan, Moscow was supposed to remove the Kurdish formations from the northeastern part of Syria, bordering Turkey. “They were responsible for clearing the area of terrorists. Unfortunately, despite the fact that we reminded them many times about it, they did not do it,” Erdogan said.
Turkey prepares ground operation in Syria
Earlier, the Turkish President threatened that in the fight against the formations of the Kurds, Turkish forces would not be limited to air strikes. “We need to decide how many soldiers will take part in the ground operation, and after that appropriate steps will be taken,” Erdogan stressed.
The Turkish government justified the latest series of airstrikes in an attack on a shopping mall in Istanbul a week ago. Ankara blamed the attack on the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), which Turkey classifies as terrorist. Both of these groups declared their non-involvement in the attack.
Swedish Ambassador Summons to Turkish Foreign Ministry
On the same day, the Swedish ambassador was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, where he was protested in connection with a photo projection on the building of the Turkish diplomatic mission in Stockholm, allegedly insulting Erdogan. The projection was organized by the Swedish Committee of Solidarity with Rojava in protest against Ankara’s policy towards the Kurds.