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Turkey says they won’t honor Syrian ceasefire
(TRUNEWS) Turkey is declaring they will not honor the upcoming Syrian ceasefire, claiming dissatisfaction the agreement does not acknowledge the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as a terrorist group.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu threatened that Ankara will take action against the Kurds if they deem it necessary, as reported by TRUNEWS.
“The ceasefire is not binding for us when there is a situation that threatens Turkey’s security, we will take necessary measures against both the YPG [People’s Protection Units] and Daesh [Arabic acronym for Islamic State] when we feel the need to,” Davutoglu said to CNN Turk.
The U.S., an ally of Turkey, considers the YPG to be an important key to winning the Syrian civil war, which has complicated the crisis.
Turkey has been shelling the YPG, which operates near its border, fearing the Turkish Kurds (PKK) could get involved as they have sought autonomy for decades.
The Russians believe Turkey is making things worse and accuses Ankara of having “imperial ambitions”, according to RT.
I’d like to remind people what outcome the Ottoman Empire caused for European countries. Secondly, how things ended for the Ottoman Empire itself,” said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova.
The ceasefire, set to begin Friday night, was brokered by the U.S. and Russia. It will not include ISIS, the al-Qaeda-backed al-Nusra Front or other terrorist groups.
The truce will run for two weeks and will prevent fighting between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and anti-government groups.
One of the goals is to get Russia to stop striking moderate groups claiming to be after al-Nusra or ISIS, according to Salem al-Meslet from the High Negotiations Committee.