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The Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu responded to the threats of U.S. President Donald trump to punish Ankara for operations in Syria. He declared it on air of TV channel CNN Turk.
According to him, the actions of the Turkish troops in the neighboring country are a matter of survival of the country, and Turkey is doing everything possible for the future of the country and the people. Cavusoglu hinted in the changing US policy, saying that “even our allies are inclined to side with the terrorists.” Thus, Ankara did not rely on anyone in case of any serious incident, he said.
The Minister said that Ankara and Damascus in 1998 signed the agreement on the basis of the current operation. According to the document, Turkey has the right to fight terrorists in that case, if the SAR government is not able to do it yourself. Cavusoglu vowed to protect civilians from terrorists who will not be able to use noncombatants as human shields.
On 9 October, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of military operations in Syria against the PKK and the terrorist organization “Islamic state”. It goes together with the formation of “Syrian free army”. The operation was called “the Source of peace”. Per day were killed 174 militants and at least 17 civilians.
On 7 October it became known that the United States refused to support a military operation of Turkey in Syria. At the same time, U.S. military forces will no longer be near the place of operation. The Kurds called the decision a “stab in the back” by the Americans.
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