UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — The United States is exerting diplomatic pressure on Ankara to stop the Turkish military’s operation in Syria, a source in the Department of State told reporters.
“We are exerting diplomatic pressure,” he said.
The diplomat noted that Turkey wants to overcome certain difficulties in relations with the United States, including after the acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense systems.
In this regard, he expressed the hope that Ankara will not fully implement its plans in Syria and will limit its actions.
The American diplomat emphasized that the United States “did not leave Syria.” “We are still there,” he said.
Turkey announced the imminent start of an operation against Kurdish formations supported by the United States on the border of Syria.
The United States said it would not participate in the operation; moreover, it would withdraw troops from the area of possible military operations.
According to the pro-government newspaper al-Watan, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, the Syrian authorities will defend the entire territory and will not accept the occupation of “even an inch of Syrian land.”
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