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Erdogan threatens “necessary measures” if Kurdish forces remain in northeastern Syria

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday that Turkey would take “necessary measures” if two agreements reached with Washington and Moscow for the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from northeastern Syria were not honored.

“It is out of the question for us to make any change in the necessary measures that will be taken if the obligations under the agreements with the United States and Russia are not honored,” Erdogan said, according to Turkish media.

On October 9, Turkey launched a military operation in northeastern Syria against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which they classify as “terrorist” while supported by Western countries in the context of the war against ISIS.

Turkey suspended the operation last week following an agreement with the United States to withdraw the YPG to a distance of 30 km away from the Turkish border and along the 120 km, between the towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain.

On Tuesday, Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached an agreement under which Moscow would facilitate the withdrawal of the YPG from areas between the Euphrates River and the Iraqi border.

Erdogan said in an interview with Turkish media aboard the plane that brought him back from Russia that if the agreement reached with the Americans is not respected, “we will firmly resume (the military operation).”

“As far as Russia is concerned, Mr. Putin has spoken very firmly,” he said. “We will undoubtedly come out.” I give this pledge.

Under the Russian-Turkish agreement signed Tuesday, Russian and Syrian patrols will roam on Wednesday in some border areas, followed by Russian-Turkish patrols.

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Caoşoglu announced that Ankara is counting on Moscow to implement the agreement, adding that his country has a problem of confidence with the Syrian regime.

Ankara fears the Syrian regime will allow Kurdish forces to stay in some areas.

Erdogan said that the Russian president assured him that he “will not allow” the YPG to stay near the Turkish border “regime clothes.”

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