Erdogan rules out ceasefire in syria and scorns maas

Erdogan rules out ceasefire in syria and scorns maas

The turkish president recep tayyip erdogan excludes a ceasefire in northern syria despite massive pressure from the USA and europe. At the same time, the head of state made fun of the partial halt to german exports of rustic goods and attacked aubenminister heiko maas (SPD) in person.

Immediately before the visit of US vice president mike pence to ankara, erdogan declared that he would not negotiate with the opponents of the kurdish militia YPG. Turkey will not sit down with "terrorists" at the same table. But with pence, whom U.S. President donald trump is sending as a mediator, he wants to talk this thursday.

At the same time, russian president vladimir putin and erdogan met to discuss how to avoid a direct confrontation between syrian and turkish troops in the war-torn country.

According to the syrian observatory for human rights, syrian government troops fought alongside kurdish militias against the turkish-backed rebels for the first time in the ongoing fighting in northeastern syria.

The turkish military offensive in northern syria has been underway for a week now. It is targeting the kurdish militia YPG, which controls a rough area on the syrian side of the border. Turkey sees it as an offshoot of the banned kurdish workers’ party, PKK, and thus a terrorist organization. The offensive meets with sharp international criticism.

Erdogan was unimpressed by the restriction of german rustic exports and attacked maas. "If you understood anything about politics, you wouldn’t speak like this," erdogan said, addressing maas, calling him a "political dilettante". Germany had partially halted its exports of rustic products to turkey as the only sanction so far. Military equipment that cannot be used in the conflict may continue to be exported.

US vice president pence and secretary of state mike pompeo were to leave for ankara on wednesday. The USA hopes to reach a ceasefire between turkey and the kurdish militias at the talks. The U.S. Had imposed sanctions. Among other things, two ministries and three ministers were given punitive sanctions. Trump said the previous sanctions could be expanded if needed . The kurdish militias had long been a close ally of the U.S. In syria in the fight against the IS terrorist militia.

"Come and side with turkey in this fight, not against it". Or at least don’t interfere," erdogan told members of his ruling AKP party in ankara, addressing the west. Turkey does not need mediators. Erdogan had previously stressed to turkish journalists that turkey could "never" declare a ceasefire. Turkey must first achieve its goal of establishing a so-called security zone along the border and driving out the YPG.

Erdogan stressed that the offensive would "end on its own" as soon as the kurdish militias laid down their weapons and left the area designated for the so-called security zone. The quickest solution would be for this to happen "tonight," erdogan said.

On a mid-november invitation by trump to washington, erdogan said he would "evaluate" such a trip "after the meetings with the delegations coming here," according to the state news agency. The way he and his family are being judged in the U.S. Is a "gross disrespect" to the turkish state.

Kremlin chief putin invited erdogan to russia. Moscow is an ally of syrian president baschar al-assad in the conflict . Turkish-russian relations are not harmonious, but ankara is dependent on energy supplies from russia, for example, and is increasingly turning to moscow on defense issues as well.

The UN security council in new york also wanted to deal with the northern syria conflict again on wednesday. Last thursday, germany and five other eu countries had already issued a communique calling for an end to the offensive. However, the council had been unable to reach a unanimous agreement on a joint communique.

Kurdish militias and the syrian army are engaged in joint fighting near ain issa, the syrian observatory for human rights said. Fighting is also taking place near the M4 expressway, which runs along a key supply route for kurdish militias.

The government in damascus and the kurdish militias are exchanging information on the situation in the northeast of the country, according to russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. "Such a dialogue has begun and is already yielding concrete results," the chief diplomat said, according to the interfax agency. Russia advocates that the situation can only be solved in languages. The turkish and syrian militaries should also define "concrete conditions for cooperation". Russia wants to support this dialogue.

The syrian observatory also said that U.S. Troops in kurdish-controlled kobane had destroyed their base and left the area. The U.S. Military did not confirm this at first.

American troops had already left the city of manbij by tuesday. The syrian army and allied russian troops arrived there on monday following an agreement with the kurdish militia, which had turned to the government in damascus for help in the fight against turkey.

Since turkish invasion of northern syria began a week ago, activists say more than 70 civilians have been killed, including 21 children. More than 160 fighters have been killed in the ranks of the syrian democratic forces (SDF), which are led by kurdish militias, and nearly 150 fighters have been killed on the side of the turkish-backed rebels, the syrian observatory for human rights reported. Two syrian army soldiers were also killed in an attack by the turkish army and its allies.

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