World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that the Syrian regime, ISIL and the PKK made an agreement in May to attack the anti-Assad opposition forces and share Turkey's border with Syria.
"ISIL, PKK and the [Syrian] regime sat around a table on May 28 in Hasakah [in northeastern Syria] and reached an agreement to attack the opposition," he told a live interview on private Show TV channel on Wednesday.
Davutoglu stressed that ISIL and the PYD, or the Syrian Democratic Union Party, also agreed with the regime of Bashar al-Assad during that meeting to share the Turkish border.
PYD is a Syrian-based affiliate of the PKK – considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.
"The reason we did not shoot PYD is not its innocence; we will do it if required. We will do what is necessary for Turkey's safety," Davutoglu said.
His remarks closely followed the summoning of American and Russian ambassadors to the Turkish Foreign Ministry earlier in the day for warnings about the sensitivities regarding Turkey's position on the PYD and Washington’s military aid to the group, according to diplomatic sources.
"Our message to the Americans, all allies and Russia is very clear: We will not hesitate even a moment [to respond] if the weapons aid to PYD so close to Turkish border becomes a threat to Turkey in any way and PYD begins to harm Turkey via infiltrations like the PKK or weapons transfer," the prime minister said.
The Turkish premier highlighted that Turkey will certainly respond if the PYD makes any attempt to enter Turkey over Iraq.
"At a time when the PYD is so nested with the PKK, which is attacking Turkey, nobody can justify the weapons given to PYD by a friend and ally, or a neigbor country like Russia," he said.
The U.S. media reported that Washington airdropped 50 tons of small arms ammunition and grenades in northern Syria on Sunday after effectively ending the failing train-and-equip program, which was supposed to train moderate opposition forces to take on Bashar al-Assad's troops.
Davutoglu called on these countries to deliver weapons aid to Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Kurdish brigades in it instead, as a "justifable action".
"Let them come and stand as a supporting structure near our border that does not attack Turkey but nobody should ever dare to play double games. Nobody should think that they can put our stability under threat by harassing Turkey inside and outside," he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, Davutoglu warned during a press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart that Turkey will not tolerate terror from Syria and Iraq, nor that weapons stockpiled there, reach Turkey.
"No one can guarantee that arms sent to the PYD today will not later be used by the PKK," said Davutoglu. "Turkey will not tolerate arms aid to groups linked to the PKK."
The Turkish army began air-and-ground operations against the PKK in July both inside Turkey and in northern Iraq, as it renewed its armed campaign against the Turkish state following a two-and-a-half year lull in the fighting.