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US warns Turkey against uncoordinated operation in Syria

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Any uncoordinated Turkish operation in Syria would be of great concern to the US, Pentagon spokesman Sean Robertson told RIA.

According to him, the United States is focused on making the security zone work. “This is the best way to progress,” he said.

At the same time, Robertson said that “any uncoordinated military operation in Turkey would cause us deep concern, since it would damage our mutual interests in ensuring security in northeastern Syria.”

“We are working closely with our NATO partner, Turkey, to quickly implement the security mechanism and are currently ahead of schedule in many areas,” the Pentagon spokesman added.

Earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the decision on the Turkish operation in northern Syria east of the Euphrates could be made “today or tomorrow.” He added that the purpose of the operation will be to clear the Syrian border with Turkey from the self-defense forces of the Syrian Kurds, create a security zone there and to accommodate the Syrian refugees in Turkey.

According to Erdogan, the United States, which provides military support to the Syrian Kurdish self-defense forces, must answer the question of whether they recognize their terrorist organizations.

Earlier, Turkish-American negotiations ended in Ankara to create a security zone in northern Syria east of the Euphrates. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, Ankara and Washington reached an agreement on the creation of a coordination center for joint operations and the planned zone.

At the same time, Erdogan said that Ankara will begin an operation against the Kurdish forces controlling this region if the US drags out the formation of a security zone.

Official Damascus categorically opposed the Turkish-American agreement, since, according to the Syrian government, it represents a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and a gross violation of the principles of international law and the UN Charter.

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