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The Turkish operation was “the Source of peace”, conducted in the North of Syria, will not be stopped until Kurdish fighters lay down their weapons. This was stated by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Reuters reports.
According to him, the quickest option to end the conflict would be the withdrawal of the Kurds from areas that will be included in the generated Ankara “security zone” in the evening on 16 October. Otherwise, Turkey is not going to stop until it reaches its goal, said Erdogan. The President noted that the decision on the establishment of the zone is not negotiable.
He added that the Turkish side insists on its military presence in the Syrian city of Manbij, RIA Novosti reported. For Ankara important to there “gone are the terrorists,” Erdogan said.
At the same time informed the Turkish leader said Turkey “will never declare a ceasefire”, as required by the United States, reports CNN. “We do not sit at the negotiating table with the terrorist organizations,” he said, noting that Ankara is not afraid of us sanctions.
15 Oct the US imposed the first sanctions against Turkey because of the military operation in Syria. In the black list of the Turkish Ministry of energy and Ministry of defense, under the restrictions were also three officials: ex-commander of Turkish General staff Hulusi Akar, the energy Minister Fatih Donmez and Deputy Chairman of the ruling justice and development Suleyman Soylu.
Erdogan announced the beginning of military operations in Syria on October 9. Its task is to combat the Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK, banned in Turkey as a terrorist) and the “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). The operation is performed together with the formation of the free Syrian army. Turkey consider the PKK terrorists of Syrian Kurdish “Democratic Union” (PYD) and its armed “people’s protection Units” (YPG). They control areas in Northern Syria, they have traditionally supported the US.
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