Turkey warns US, Russia over backing Syrian Kurdish forces

Turkey says summons US, Russia envoys over support for Syrian Kurdish forces

Turkey warns US, Russia over backing Syrian Kurdish forces

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey has summoned U.S. and Russian envoys to warn against supplying arms and support for Syrian Kurdish forces fighting the ISIL armed group in Syria, a Turkish official said on Wednesday.

"The U.S. and Russian ambassadors were called to the ministry yesterday (Tuesday) to convey Turkey's views about the PYD (Democratic Unity Party)," the foreign ministry official said. "Necessary warnings were issued."

Turkey labels the PYD as the Syrian offshoot of the outlawed terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which has waged a bloody insurgency since 1984.

U.S.-led coalition forces have parachuted in ammunition to anti-ISIL fighters in northern Syria, stepping their backing for those battling the armed group.

The move follows the Pentagon's announcement last week that it would halt its much-criticised program to train moderate opposition, and instead focus efforts on equipping pre-screened opposition leaders from groups actively fighting ISIL.

Russia is intervening in Syria with bombing raids in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. A top Russian official last week held talks with PYD leader Salih Muslim to discuss the fight against ISIL.

Last Mod: 14 Ekim 2015, 13:20
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